The combined choirs and the rectors of Prince of Peace Gettysburg and St. Andrew’s Shippensburg invite you to take part in this wonderful preparation for Christmas right here in Shippensburg! Brass and tympani will accompany the choirs and Dr. Gerald R. Weale, Organist and Director of Music at St. Andrew's.
The first Festival of Lessons and Carols took place in 1880 at Truro Cathedral in Cornwall, England. It consists of short readings from the Old and New Testaments, telling the story of the fall of humanity, the promise of the Messiah and the birth of Jesus. Carols and hymns are interspersed with the readings.
It has been in continuous use since that time, all over the world. Light refreshments will be served after the service.