Southampton, NY - November 25, 2013 - Once again the Basilica Parish of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary will begin the Advent Season with the 11th Annual Festival of Lessons & Carols which brings together the music, carols and scriptures of this most beautiful season in which we anticipate the meaning of Christmas - that God is with us.
Lessons and Carols is a traditional Advent Service that began in King's College, Cambridge, England in 1918. This historic service includes Old and New Testament readings anticipating the birth of our Savior, followed by the singing of a carol appropriate for that reading. The program will consist of nine readings by parishioners and carols led by the Adult, Spanish and Children's Choirs accompanied by a string ensemble. This year's program begins at 3 pm in the magnificent Basilica of Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary. Refreshments will be served after the service.
Festival of Lessons & Carols is presented by the Adult Faith Formation.
Joanne Morse is Director of Music for the Basilica. Father Michael Vetrano is Pastor.