The Service of Lessons and Carols is a recent but now classical element of Anglican Liturgy. Carols were a part of England’s secular Christmas celebration, but were only added to church worship services in the mid-19th century with the creation of a service of nine lessons (readings) interspersed with carols.

The Cathedral's Service of Lessons and Carols will be streamed on our website, Facebook page, and YouTube channel at 4 pm on Christmas Eve, and will be viewable later in the evening across all of our online platforms. The Bishop of New York will preside, and the Dean of the Cathedral will offer a reflection.

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