WILLIAMS COLLEGE TO PRESENT
A CHRISTMAS SERVICE OF LESSONS AND CAROLS
Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 8th and 9th
in Thompson Memorial Chapel
The identical services feature choral music by the Williams Concert and Chamber Choirs, congregational singing of carols, and the traditional reading of the biblical Christmas story.
There is no admission charge for the services but all are encouraged to bring an item of non-perishable canned or packaged food for local emergency food pantries. A free-will offering will be received at the conclusion of the service as part of the relief efforts coordinated by Williams students for survivors of recent hurricanes.
Students, faculty, and staff from the College as well as members of the local community will read the traditional “lessons” derived from the biblical Christmas story. The Rev. Valerie Bailey Fischer, Chaplain to the College, will deliver a meditation, and Fr. Gary Caster, Catholic Chaplain, will serve as liturgist.
The service, which is modeled on the traditional Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols first held on Christmas Eve in 1918 at King’s College Chapel in Cambridge, England, has been described as one that “presents the Christmas story in an ambiance of mystery, splendor, hope, and joy.” The Service of Lessons and Carols has been a beloved holiday tradition at Williams since the 1960’s.
All are welcome to attend.
Parking is available in the lot behind Thompson Memorial Chapel, on Hopkins Hall Drive.
For building locations on the Williams campus, please consult the map outside the driveway entrance to the Security Office located in Hopkins Hall on Main Street (Rte. 2), next to the Thompson Memorial Chapel, or call the Office of Communications (413) 597-4277. The map can also be found on the web at www.williams.edu/map