Pittsburgh Theological Seminary will host its annual Lessons and Carols Mon., Dec. 17, 2012, at 5:00 p.m. in the Hicks Memorial Chapel, 616 N. Highland Ave.

The tradition of an Advent Lessons and Carols service was established at King's College Chapel, Cambridge. Sixteen years after the now famous Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols for Christmas Eve was first sung by the Chapel's choir, the dean of the chapel composed a service based on the pre-reformation Advent Offices of the English Church. Its purpose was “...not to celebrate Christmas, but to expect it.” The readings of our Advent Lessons and Carols service, moving from the prophets’ announcement of God’s promise of salvation to Christ’s proclamation of God’s reign, are taken from that “Procession with Carols on Advent Sunday.”

Carols and anthems will be sung and played by the congregation, singers and musicians from within our community, and, once again, The Boar’s Head Wassail Quire directed by Dr. Christopher Ruth. Our own chapel worship coordinator Kendra Smith ’12, S.T.M. candidate, is a member of the Quire. Faculty, staff, and students will do the readings. The service will be led Professors Angela Hancock and Edwin Chr. van Driel. A reception will follow. A free-will offering will be taken for famine relief at Zomba Theological College in Malawi.

For more information on the Lessons and Carols service, contact the Seminary at 412-362-5610.

Pittsburgh Theological Seminary is a graduate professional institution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A). Founded in 1794, the Seminary is located in Pittsburgh, Pa. and approximately 300 students are enrolled yearly in the degree programs. The Seminary prepares leaders who proclaim with great joy God’s message of good news in both word and deed. PTS is rooted in the Reformed history of faithfulness to Scripture and commitment to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.