Lessons and Carols

Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020


Lessons and Carols Service
Rev. Douglas duCharme
Eleanor Daley, Director of Music
Sunday, December 13, 2020


Traditional readings of the Christmas story,
interwoven with music by the Fairlawn Avenue United Senior Choir,
the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge,
and other renowned choirs.


The Prophecy

The First Lesson Isaiah 9:2-4, 6-7 and Isaiah 11:1-2
Reader: Zach Ziliotto

The Annunciation

The Second Lesson Luke 1:26-38
Reader: Victoria James

The Birth

The Third Lesson Luke 2:1-7
Reader: Kevin Doe

The Angels’ Proclamation

The Fourth Lesson Luke 2:8-14
Reader: Rebecca Cumming

The Shepherds’ Journey

The Fifth Lesson Luke 2:15-20
Reader: Whitton Daley

The Visit of the Magi

The Sixth Lesson Matthew 2:1-12
Reader: Katherine Dalziel

The Incarnation

The Seventh Lesson John 1:1-14
Reader: Rev. Douglas duCharme



Once in Royal David’s City

Choir of King’s College, Cambridge

Melody: H.J Gauntlett (1805-1876)
Descant: Stephen Cleobury (1948-2019)
Words: C.F. Alexander (1823-1895)


Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming

Music: German traditional melody, arr. Howard Helvey (b. 1968)
Words: T. Baker/F. Layritz, trans. H.R.K. Spaeth


Gabriel’s Message

Fairlawn Avenue Senior Choir

Music: E. Daley
Words: Rev. S. Baring-Gould (1834-1924)


Away in a Manger

Choir of King’s College, Cambridge

Melody: W.J. Kirkpatrick (1838-1921)
Arr.: David Willcocks (1919-2015)
Words: Anon.



Fairlawn Avenue Senior Choir

Music: E. Daley
Words: James, John, and Robert Wedderburn, 1567


Angels’ Carol

Music and words: John Rutter (b. 1945)
Cambridge Singers


Hark! the Herald Angels Sing

Choir of King’s College, Cambridge
Arr. Stephen Cleobury (1948-2019)


Shepherds’ Nowell

Fairlawn Avenue Senior Choir
Music and words: James K. Wright (b. 1959)


While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks By Night

Choir of King’s College, Cambridge

Music: Este’s Psalter, 1592
Descant: Stephen Cleobury (1948-2019)
Words: Nahum Tate (1652-1715)


The Three Kings

The Dale Warland Singers

Music: Healy Willan (1880-1968)
Words: Laurence Housman (1865-1959)


As with Gladness Men of Old

Choir of King’s College, Cambridge

Music: C. Klocher (1786-1872)
Descant: Stephen Cleobury (1948-2019)
Words: William Chatterton Dix (1837-1898)


Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day

Winchester Cathedral Choir

English traditional carol
Arr. John Rutter (b. 1945)


The First Nowell

Choir of King’s College, Cambridge
Arr. David Willcocks (1919-2015)

We are aware of how deeply you appreciate the music
of this season and the Christmas story being told – for
many of you this is a tradition that brings us together,
and has done for years. For many of us this is especially
meaningful this year, when our ability to gather with loved
ones is limited.

Your financial support to Fairlawn Avenue United, especially
at this time, ensures that we will be there for you and your family
for Christmases to come, telling the story and celebrating the music.

Please donate HERE



The Virgin with the Angel – William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825-1905)
The Annunciation – Sandro Botticelli (1445-1510)
The Birth of Jesus – Carl Bloch (1834-1890)
The Nativity – Edward Burne-Jones (1833-1898)
Adoration of the Magi – Domenico Ghirlandaio (1449-1494)
The Angels Appearing to the Shepherds – Rembrandt (1606-1669)
Annunciation to the Shepherds – Edouard Joseph Dantan (1848-1897)
Adoration of the Magi – Rembrandt (1606-1669)
Adoration of the Magi – Edward Burne-Jones (1833-1898)