Celebrating the Holidays with Lessons and Carols

Some students may have a hard time feeling festive as finals quickly approach. To get the campus into the holiday spirit, Alice Millar Chapel will be holding “A Festival of Lessons and Carols” on Sunday, December 3 at 10:40 AM. This service will be a time for students to welcome in the holiday season with traditional Christmas carols from the last 1500 years of sacred music.

The Philharmonia orchestra performing in concert

The Philharmonia orchestra performing in concert

The service will include performances by student music groups such as the Alice Millar Chapel Choir, the Millar Brass ensemble, and Philharmonia, the largest orchestra on campus. The carols will also feature the pipe organ, a staple of the Alice Millar Chapel, and there will be ample opportunity for students attending the service to actively participate by singing along.

The story of Jesus’s birth will be told through biblical readings given by university students and staff between songs. There will also be a special time in the service wherein Tahera Ahmad, the on-campus Muslim Chaplain, will chant a portion from the Quran that tells how the birth of Jesus was announced.

The service is expected to end around noon, ensuring that students who attend the service will still have plenty of time to study for finals. Additionally, the service is free and open to the public, so all interested students are encouraged to attend. Be sure to arrive early to get seats; this is the chapel’s biggest event of the year!