Elmhurst University hosts Festival of Lessons and Carols Dec. 2

Updated 11/23/2022 2:38 PM

The Elmhurst University Festival of Lessons & Carols draws together the campus and community to welcome a joyful and spiritual season.

This year's celebration of the tradition will take place on Friday, Dec. 2, in Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel, 190 Prospect Ave. in Elmhurst.


The university offers two Lessons & Carols services, at 4 and 7 p.m., to accommodate the popularity of the event. Doors open 30 minutes earlier. The event is free and all are welcome. For those who cannot attend in person, the 7 p.m. service is livestreamed at elmhurst.edu/bluejaytv.

The Festival of Lessons and Carols is an Elmhurst University tradition that bridges the season of Advent and Christmastide. Held since 1961, the event consists of nine Scriptural readings that tell the story of the birth of the Messiah, interspersed with choral music.

The university choirs will perform time-honored songs to accompany each reading and set the holiday mood.

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