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Largest Crowd Ever Gathers for Lessons & Carols

December 3rd, 2012

CONTACT:  David Halbrook
Patrick Henry College
(540) 441-8722
OfficeOfCommunications@phc.edu

 

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To watch a video of Lessons & Carols, click the screen, below.

A beautiful tradition at Patrick Henry College returned Saturday night, Dec. 1, at 7:00 p.m. in the The Barbara Hodel Center. Approximately 500 audience members joined more than 320 live webcast viewers to kick off the holiday season with the traditional Lessons & Carols service of carols and readings presented by the PHC Chorale. To accommodate a much larger audience associated with this growing PHC tradition, the event was held this year in the Hodel Center gymnasium.

Webcast viewer Natalie Glaser, a PHC alumna now living with her husband, Will Glaser, in New Mexico, commented on PHC's Facebook page: "It was wonderful. Thank you so much, PHC Chorale and Ensemble. I enjoyed it all the way from NM!"

"Very well done," said webcast viewer Janace Gates. "His Name be praised."

Directed by PHC Music Director and Professor of Music Dr. Steven McCollum, the service featured beautiful choral performances of Christmas classics by the PHC Chorale, interspersed with selected readings by members of the PHC administration and staff, as well as students.

Lessons & Carols is a favorite Christmas service of congregations around the world. Over the course of the 20th century, the format has essentially become public domain and has been used in churches everywhere to commemorate the coming of the promised Savior. The Service originated at King’s College in England in 1918 in an effort to infuse more imaginative worship into the Church of England. It was adapted from a service begun in 1880 by the Archbishop of Canterbury, which used nine tiny lessons and nine carols on Christmas Eve.

Added audience member Julie Heim on Facebook: “Wow. A wonderful service. So glad to have been able to attend.”

For more information, please visit the Lessons & Carols website.

 

 

To view a slideshow of stills of the concert, see below.