Christmas Service of Lessons and Carols marks 100 years


CLINTON — The Hamilton College Choir and College Hill Singers, directed by Professor of Music Danan Tsan, will lead a Christmas Service of Lessons and Carols on Sunday, Dec. 2 at 4 p.m. in the Hamilton College Chapel.

The event is free.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the tradition of the Service of Lessons and Carols which began on Christmas Eve of 1918 at Kings College, Cambridge University in England. The service was first planned by the new dean of the college, fresh from his role as army chaplain in World War I, after he decided that the Church of England needed more imaginative worship. The backbone of the service, the lessons and the prayers, has remained virtually unchanged and the service has become a tradition for several colleges across the world.

Hamilton College is inviting parishioners from the campus community and the general public to join in the celebration of the Advent season, anticipating the profound joy of Christmas, reading together the biblical narratives and familiar songs.

Officiating over the service will be the Rev. Jeffrey H. McArn, college chaplain, with the assistance of readers and candle bearers from Hamilton College. Local clergy will also participate in the service.

A reception with Christmas cookies, punch, and coffee will follow the service upstairs in the chapel.

For more information contact the Rev. Jeffrey McArn at 315-859-4130 or by email, or check the web at


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