The History of Lessons and Carols at Sewanee

On Christmas Eve, 1918, the Chaplain of King's College, Cambridge took a Cornish Christmas tradition and brought it to the world. Weaving together biblical readings with seasonal music, the service prepared participants to hear the announcement of the birth of Jesus Christ. For over 60 years, Sewanee has hosted its own service, and coming as it does at the end of the Advent semester, the gathering becomes, for many, the Christmas celebration of the University. In addition to the students, staff, and faculty of the University, the service is open to the broader community, in Sewanee and beyond.

This Year's Service

After being unable to gather in person last December, we are happy to have expanded our seating capacity and welcomed the extended Sewanee family back into All Saints' Chapel again for the 62nd Festival Service of Lessons and Carols. We are grateful to all those who attended and contributed to this year's services. To see the archived live stream of this year's service, please click the link below.