Since the sixth century in Gaul, the season of Advent has been observed as a time of preparation for Christmas. It originally stretched from St. Martin’s Day (November 11) to Christmas Eve, and was known as “The Lent of St. Martin.” The season suggests reflection on God’s kingdom from two standpoints: that of Jewish hopes for renewal—fulfilled in the person of Jesus Christ—and that of the mission of the Church in the world today. The movement of the Lessons and Carols service reflects the journey of faith and the Church’s missionary extension in the world. The use of scripture, liturgy, music, and movement combine to anticipate and portray God’s human manifestation in the Person of Jesus Christ. The Service begins (as most do) with the clergy and choir at the west end of the Nave—representing darkness. The movement progresses toward light (the Sanctuary at the east end), into which state God in Christ delivers us.

Everyone is warmly invited to Calvary’ 45th Annual Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols on the 2nd Sunday of Advent, December 10, 11:00 AM. Please join heartily in this service of worship, and share in the preparation and joyful expectation of the coming again of Christmas.

Howard Helvey