W&L's Annual Christmas Candlelight Service Dec. 8
Washington and Lee University’s annual Christmas Candlelight Service, which dates from 1880, will be held Thursday, Dec. 8, at 8 p.m. in Lee Chapel. Seating will begin at 7:15 p.m.
The public is invited to the presentation. Admissions is free, and no tickets are required.
The “Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols,” broadcast each year from King’s College Chapel, University of Cambridge, and widely used in England, the United States and around the world, is an ancient form for corporate worship at the Christmas season. The prayers, lessons and music tell the story of sacred history from the Creation to the Incarnation.
Music for the traditional service again will be provided by the University Chamber Singers, this year conducted by Shane M. Lynch, director of choral activities. Timothy Gaylard, professor of music, will be the organist for the service.
Nine members of the W&L community are chosen to read the lessons. The Rev. Tom Crittenden, the Rector at R.E. Lee Memorial Episcopal Church will be presiding over the service.