Annual Service of Lessons & Carols at Benedictine College

Annual Service of Lessons & Carols at Benedictine College

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

The Benedictine College Music Department, along with the Office of Mission & Ministry, presented the annual Service of Lessons & Carols on Monday, December 8, in the Abbey Church. Modeled after the traditional Christmas Eve Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, originated in Cambridge, England, in 1918, this service included Old Testament readings and Advent hymns that prepare the congregation for the coming of Christ’s birth.

The nine lessons were interspersed with congregational singing of familiar Christmas carols and hymns, and special selections by the college choirs. Members of the college community recited scripture readings followed by special anthems by the B.C. Liturgical Choir, directed by Dr. Lara West, and the B.C. Chamber Singers, Women’s Ensemble, and Concert Chorale, directed by Dr. Sean Teets. The Benedictine Brass, directed by Ted Hanman, performed before and after the service and accompanied some of the congregational hymns. Dr. Lara West was the organist for the event.

Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas.  The school is proud to have been named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report as well as one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide.  It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging.  It has a mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.