Lessons and Carols: An Advent Festival of Word and Song
Date and Time
Thursday, December 4, 2008 at 7:30 p.m.
Founders Chapel, Founders Hall
"Lessons and Carols" is a Christmas service that dates back over one hundred years. Through poignant readings from the Old and New Testaments interspersed with beautiful music, the congregation is invited to reflect on the birth of Jesus in the context of its significance in salvation history. The celebration begins with the Magnificat, the Blessed Virgin Mary's response to her cousin Elizabeth's praise of her faith. The Magnificat sets the theme for the entire celebration: indeed, God has done great things for us through the child He sent to us through Mary; "His mercy is from age to age on those who fear Him"; He has remembered His covenant with Israel and the promise of a Messiah.
The celebration continues with the readings from the Old Testament, "The Promises", which explain the Fall of Man, the need for a Saviour, and foretell the coming of one. The New Testament readings, "The Promises Fulfilled", tell the story of the Nativity of Jesus. The carols and hymns between the readings include "Lo, How a Rose E're Blooming", "O Come, O Come Emmanuel", "Joy to the World", "Angels We Have Heard on High", and "What Child is This".
The celebration will conclude with a homily by Father Thomas O'Meara, O.P., Portman Chair in Roman Catholic Systematic Theology, and a silent reflection. The USD Choral Scholars and USD Concert Choir under the direction of Edwin Basilio join their voices in this new USD Christmas tradition.
Presented by the Center for Catholic Thought and Culture in collaboration with the Music and Theater Arts programs.
Repeats Friday, Dec. 5, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 7, at 2 p.m.