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Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland

12/08/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 12/07/2019 22:31

Advent Festival of Lessons and Carols in Ellsworth

Celebrate the hope, joy, and spirituality of the Advent season at the Festival of Lessons and Carols at St. Joseph Church, located on 231 Main Street in Ellsworth, on Sunday, December 8, at 3 p.m. A social hour will be held after the festival.

The Festival of Lessons and Carols is an Advent tradition that dates back to the late 19th century. It is a blend of Scripture, prayers, and Christmas carols carefully chosen to tie into the themes of this sacred season. It is one of the rare times carols such as 'Silent Night' and 'O Come All Ye Faithful' are sung in church prior to Christmas Eve. The story of salvation will be told through nine Scripture readings or 'lessons,' which begin with the fall of man in the Garden of Eden and continue through the birth of Christ. The Festival of Lessons and Carols is a prayerful and joyous way to prepare for the celebration of Christmas.