The Hamilton College Choir, directed by Professor G. Roberts Kolb, will lead a Candlelight Christmas Vesper Service of Lessons and Carols on Sunday, Dec. 8, at 4 p.m., in the Chapel. The service is free and open to the public.
The tradition of the Service of Lessons and Carols dates back to Christmas Eve of 1918 and Cambridge University in England. Planned by the new dean of King’s College, fresh from his role as army chaplain in World War I, the service has become a tradition for many colleges around the world.
Hamilton welcomes parishioners from campus community and the general public to join in the celebration of the Advent season, anticipating the profound joy of Christmas, reading together the biblical narratives and familiar songs. Officiating over the service will be Rev. Jeffrey H. McArn, college chaplain, with the assistance of readers and candle bearers from Hamilton. This year clergy from the churches and clergy in the Clinton area —St. James Episcopal, Stone Presbyterian, Clinton United Methodist, St. Mary’s Church, and Lutheran Care ministries— are participating in the service. A reception with Christmas cookies, punch and coffee will follow the service upstairs in the chapel.