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Repost: The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols


King’s College, Cambridge

12/24/2018: This time of year always makes me about those who have to spend the holidays without their people. Whether you’re separated from them by choice or circumstance, I’m sure being bombarded with endless mentions of other people’s families and loved ones must be difficult, whatever your religious beliefs.

Every year on Christmas Eve, King’s College at the University of Cambridge celebrates the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, a service first celebrated  by college dean Eric Milner-White. The service is read and sung in King’s College Chapel, a truly gorgeous example of European Gothic architecture, and one of the most superior acoustical structures I’ve ever encountered.

The service is broadcast live every year, and this year’s recording will be available this evening on

Whenever I hear these pure voices, I can feel my heart lifting a little, no matter what is going on. Maybe it will do the same for you. I am hoping that whether you celebrate Christmas or just appreciate beautiful choral music, today’s post might make you feel a little happier, a little less alone. 

Wishing everyone of every faith (and no faith) a happy, peaceful Christmas Eve.


Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

10 thoughts on “Repost: The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

  1. Beautiful music brings Heaven down to Earth.

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  2. Merry Christmas and blessings to you and yours.
    They, who ever they are, say things are about to get interesting. God’s will be done.

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  3. I use iTunes. I have lots of music and it plays a randum song most of the day. Yes, I have Christmas music in my library. So I get Xmas music all year. Today’s post will be added later. Guess I got too much on my agenda. Running way behind time again today. I don’t care how others can multi-task, this old man can only do one thing at a time. There are no short cuts in my life. Hal

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  4. My husband and I married in the Episcopal church (it was a union of a Catholic and a Protestant and we found our compromise in the Episcopal Church). Our church would celebrate Lessons and Carols on Christmas Eve. This is a stellar performance and I love that you posted it. Of course King’s College does it best.

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  5. Beautiful almost heavenly choirs!

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