A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols is the Christmas Eve service held in King’s College Chapel, Cambridge. The Festival was introduced in 1918 to bring a more imaginative approach to worship. It was first broadcast in 1928 and is now broadcast to millions of people around the world.
The service includes carols and readings from the Bible. However the service is adapted, the strength of the service is found in the narrative that we tell of God’s loving purpose as witnessed in and through the Holy Scriptures.1
The meaning of the service will be different for each individual person as we listen to the loving purpose of God through Holy Scripture and in the beauty of Advent and Christmas hymns. According to our circumstances in life, we are each invited to listen for the way that God is moving and speaking in our lives.