A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols from King’s College Chapel, Cambridge 2013

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols” will be broadcast live on Christmas Eve 2013 from the King’s College Chapel, Cambridge University, Cambridge, England. It starts at 8:00 a.m. Mountain Standard Time (10:00 a.m. Eastern). That’s 3:00 p.m. (15:00) in Great Britain. Construction on the King’s College Chapel, which is 50 miles north of London, began in AD 1446.

You can listen to streaming audio over the Internet on either BBC Radio 4 (click the Listen button) or Classical 89. If you live in Utah, listen to the live broadcast on Classical 89 radio (FM 89.1 in Salt Lake County and 89.1/89.5 in Utah County).

The order of the 90-minute service follows. You can download a 52-page booklet for the service. The program varies each year as a new musical piece has been commissioned annually since 1982.

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

Processional Hymn: “Once in Royal David’s City”


  • Carol: “If Ye Would Hear the Angels Sing”

First Lesson from Genesis 3:8–15, 17–19

  • Carol: “Remember, O Thou Man”
  • Carol: “Adam lay ybounden”

Second Lesson from Genesis 22:15–18

  • Carol: “Angels from the Realms of Glory”
  • Carol: “In Dulci Jubilo”

Third Lesson from Isaiah 9:2, 6–7

  • Carol: “Nowell Sing We Now All and Some”
  • Hymn: “Unto Us is Born a Son”

Fourth Lesson from Isaiah 11:1–3a, 4a, 6–9

  • Carol: “The Lamb”
  • Carol: “A Spotless Rose Is Blowing”

Fifth Lesson from the Gospel of Luke 1:26–35, 38

  • Carol: “I Sing of a Maiden”
  • Carol: “The Night when She First Gave Birth” (“Mary”)

Sixth Lesson from Luke 2:1,  3–7

  • Carol: “Sweet Baby, Sleep! What Ails My Dear?” (“Wither’s Rocking Hymn)”
  • Carol: “What Sweeter Music Can We Bring”

Seventh Lesson from Luke 2:8–16

  • Carol: “Infant Holy, Infant Lowly”
  • Hymn: “God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen”

Eighth Lesson from the Gospel of Matthew 2:1–12

  • Carol: “Illuminare Jerusalem”
  • Carol: “Glory, Alleluia to the Christ Child”

Ninth Lesson from the Gospel of John 1:1–14

  • Hymn: “O Come, All Ye Faithful” (“Adeste Fideles”)


  • Hymn: “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”

Organ Voluntaries: “In Dulci Jubilo”

Organ Postlude

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  1. Thank you for sharing the link. Merry Christmas.


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