Lesson and Carols

by Derek E. Nickels, DMA, Director of Music

On December 9, 2012, the Second Sunday of Advent, the Adult Choir and the Youth Choir led the congregation in our traditional Service of Lessons and Carols for Advent at 5:00 p.m. This liturgy was designed to incorporate the Advent themes that include readings from the Old and New Testaments that illuminate the proclamation of Christ's birth.  This year's Lessons and Carols included music spanning five centuries: Palestrina, Cleobury, Willcocks, Ledger, Stainer, Stanford, Phillips, Archer, Manz, and Gigout.  A Service of Lessons and Carols for Advent was first introduced to Holy Comforter in 1980 but changed to Christmas Lessons and Carols on the first Sunday after Christmas in 1981 and 1982.  It was re-instated in 1991 as an Advent tradition by then Director of Music, J. Gary Stuart. 


Grace Mangel, Will Hedley, George Wise, Samantha Cerrone, Natalie Duquette, Kate McClamroch, Chloe Jerva, Lucas Lind, Caroline Shaw, Madeline Wilkin, Cameron Dike Flynn, Jenna Dike Flynn, Edie Browne, Mackenzie Wilkin, Bill Gordon, Youth Choir Director, Derek Nickels, Director of Music, Stephen Mollica, Mary Phillips, Dorothy Jean Lloyd, Catie Huggins, Jill Sick, Sara Litchfield, Abby Folberg, Stacey Kezios, Jean-Jacques Bernard, Luis Galvez, Gregory Friedman, Jenny Case, Ian Hosack, Leila Bowie, and Peter Morgan all participated in Lessons and Carols.