December 21, 2013 9:03:22 PM
December is a busy musical month, and the choir of St. Paul's Episcopal Church of Columbus will add to the season with a Service of Nine Lessons and Carols this evening. The service starts at 6 p.m. and features the choir in carols and anthems that accompany nine Biblical passages.
The passages start with Old Testament prophesies of the coming of the Messiah and end with New Testament accounts of the birth of Jesus. Rector Anne Harris will welcome those attending, and Organist Jeremy Adcock will accompany the choir.
"This service is open to all and continues a busy season for our choir. We invite everyone to come for this great service of Advent," Harris said.
"It combines the Biblical expectations of Advent with the proclamations of Advent music and hymns we all love."
St. Paul's uses the version of the service begun at King's College of Cambridge University on Christmas Eve, 1918. The school repeats the service each year for a worldwide broadcast.
Among this year's carols are "0 Come, 0 Come, Emmanuel," "Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming," "Hark! the Herald Angels Sing" and "Lo! He Comes with Clouds Descending."
"Advent and Christmas are always happy seasons for everyone," said Adcock. "It's a time for many musical traditions in the city. I am pleased to lead the dedicated St. Paul's Choir as we make this musical offering to our community."
St. Paul's is located at 318 College St. The church nursery will be open in the parish hall, and Lessons and Carols last about an hour.