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The Festival of Lessons and Carols is a service of Scripture and song
that dates to the late 19th century. In this service, we listen to nine
Scripture lessons which recount the Fall, the promise of a Messiah, the
Incarnation, and the Great Commission to preach the Good News. Each
lesson is followed by a carol or other song that reflects on the
lesson's message and a brief prayer.
We invite you to pray and reflect along with these podcasts to prepare your hearts and minds for the coming of our Savior Jesus Christ.
We gather here to recall the mystery of our redemption.
Though sin drew us away from God, he never stopped loving us.
The prophets told of the coming of a Messiah
who would initiate a reign of justice and peace.
This promise was fulfilled in the incarnation of Jesus Christ.
Let us now reflect with joy on this wondrous mystery.
Song: Creator of the Stars of Night
we wait for the day of your peace.
May we help to bring this peace
in our families, our communities, and our world.
Song: O Come, O Come Emmanuel
you are always with us.
May we always trust in your presence
and share it with those around us.
Song: We Three Kings
you are the giver of all good gifts.
May we always remember to share our gifts with others
for the glory of your name.
Song: Verbum Caro Factus Est
God of power and might,
you are beyond all time and space.
May we never fail to recognize your majesty
and give praise to you in all we do.
Scripture texts in this work are taken from the New American Bible with Revised New Testament
© 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Washington, D.C.
and are used by permission of the copyright owner. All Rights Reserved.
No part of the New American Bible may be reproduced in any form without permission in writing from the copyright owner.
Recordings of the carols are provided through the generosity of the following:
Oregon Catholic Press, 5536 NE Hassalo, Portland, OR 97213, www.ocp.org
From the collection Sing We Now of Christmas by Christopher Willcock:
“Go Tell It on the Mountain”
“Joy to World”
“Once in Royal David’s City”
“We Three Kings”
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 401 Michigan Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20017, www.nationalshrine.com
Choir of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
Peter Latona, conductor
Copyright National Shrine.
Used with permission. All rights reserved.
From the collection Christmas at Mary’s Shrine 2008:
From the collection Christmas at Mary’s Shrine 2007:
“Verbum caro factus est”
From the collection Christmas at Mary’s Shrine 2006:
“Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring”
“O Come, O Come Emmanuel”
GIA Publications, Inc., 7404 South Mason Avenue, Chicago, IL 60638, www.giamusic.com
From the collection Night of Silence by Marty Haugen:
“Creator of the Stars of Night”
From the collection Catholic Classics, volume 6: Catholic Marian Classics by Richard Proulx:
“Ave Maria” (Schubert)
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