Lessons and Carols
On Saturday, December 1, our Home was filled with hope and joyful anticipation for the Christmas Miracle as we celebrated the Festival of Lessons and Carols presented by the Seminarians from Bishop Simon Brute Seminary.
The Festival of Lessons and Carols is a service of Scripture readings, chant and hymns that date to the late 19th century. During this celebration, we listened as the Seminarians read nine Scripture lessons which recount the fall, the promise of a Messiah, the Incarnation, and the Great Commission to preach the Good News. Each lesson was followed by a carol or hymn that reflected on the lesson’s message and a brief prayer.
The celebration took place in our Chapel. The dark Chapel was lit only by candle light. In today’s Catholic tradition, this light has a very special place. It symbolizes Christ who said, “I am the Light of the world; the one who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have light and life” (John 8:12). We all were grateful for this time of preparation in silence, reflection and prayer that directs our hearts and minds to Christ’s second coming and to the celebration of the anniversary of His birth on Christmas.