A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

4:30 p.m.

Nave (in-person only)
2300 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA 94704

67259221-advent-wallpapersOriginally instituted at Truro Cathedral in Cornwall, England, this service was based on a medieval vigil service and was adapted in the early twentieth century by the Very Rev. E.M. Millner-White, dean of King’s College Chapel, Cambridge, England. Since then, it has been sung annually in King’s College Chapel on Christmas Eve, and at St. Mark’s since 1942. The candlelit service opens with the traditional carol “Once in royal David’s city,” a bidding prayer, and the Lord’s Prayer. The story continues with the promise to Abraham, the assurance of the prophet Isaiah, the calling of Mary, the birth of Jesus, and ends with St. John’s unfolding of the great mystery of the Incarnation. Carols, familiar and unfamiliar, will be sung throughout the service.

A reception will be held following the service.  Musicians Devon Thrumston, cello, and Jonathan Dimmock, organist, will also be present.

Early seating is advised.   Parking is available in the parish lot at 2315 Ellsworth.

An offering is received for the work of St. Mark’s Choir Association.
Tax-deductible contributions may be made payable to St. Mark’s Choir Association.

Please note: This service will not be livestreamed.

Congregational carols include:
  • Once in Royal David’s City
  • The angel Gabriel from heaven came
  • Hark, the glad sound!
  • O Little Town of Bethlehem (tune: Bethlehem)
  • God rest ye merry gentlemen
  • O come, all ye faithful
  • Hark! the herald angels sing

Choir carols include:

  • Boris Ord:    Adam lay ybounden
  • Jon Washburn:  Lo, how a Rose e’er blooming
  • William Mathias:  A Babe is Born
  • Carolyn Jennings:    Climb to the top of the highest mountain
  • Philip Stopford:  Lully, Lulla, Lullay
  • Carl Rütti:   I wonder as I wander
  • John Rutter:  Nativity Carol


Please contact George Emblom at music@stmarksberkeley.org