The annual Christmas Service of Lessons and Carols at Williams College will be held in Thompson Memorial Chapel. The service features choral music by the Williams Concert and Chamber Choirs, and the traditional reading of the biblical Christmas story.
There is no admission charge for the service but all are encouraged to bring an item of non-perishable canned or packaged food for local emergency food pantries. Collection boxes will be in the rear of Thompson and in Griffin 3.
Students, faculty and staff from the College, and members of the local community read the traditional “lessons” derived from the biblical Christmas story. Catholic Chaplain Bridget Power will offer A Prayer for the World and Chaplain to the College, the Rev. Valerie Bailey Fischer will offer a meditation on Luke 2. A free-will offering of money is received at the conclusion of the service.
The service, modeled on the traditional Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols first held on Christmas Eve in 1918 at King’s College Chapel in Cambridge, England, has been described as one that “presents the Christmas story in an ambiance of mystery, splendor, hope and joy.” The Service of Lessons and Carols has been a beloved holiday tradition at Williams since the 1960’s.