Talk:Nine Lessons and Carols

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2002[edit]

Many of the readings in the 2002 service from King's College were non-biblical. It is worth waiting for the 2003 service (soon now: see date of this comment) to see whether this is a new pattern or was a one-off in 2002. If it is becoming regular then maybe needs a comment. --Trainspotter 17:03, 5 Dec 2003 (UTC)

Hmm... the web page shows that there were biblical readings in 2002:

  http://www.kings.cam.ac.uk/chapel/ninelessons/2002/index.html

But I do recall non-biblical readings on the TV broadcast. Either I was hallucinating (help!), or there was a difference between the contents of the (pre-recorded) TV broadcast and the (live) radio broadcast. Oh well. Nothing certain enough to put in the article.

--Trainspotter 10:19, 23 Dec 2003 (UTC)


Okay, having looked in more detail at the orders of service on the website, I see that *every* year (of those shown, currently 1997-2003) there is a reading from Genesis 3 (fall of man), and also readings of Old Testament messianic prophesies, before moving onto the New Testament readings. So I am going to expand the phrase "The story of the birth of Jesus" to cover the content of the other readings also.

--Trainspotter 10:37, 23 Dec 2003 (UTC)

You're not hallucinating, the (recorded) TV broadcast is different from the (live) radio broadcast, and does include non-biblical readings on the Christmas theme.

The TV programme is recorded earlier in December, and the service proper is broadcast live on BBC Radio 4 (in the UK) on Christmas Eve, followed by the TV programme on BBC TV. The radio broadcast is generally repeated on BBC Radio 3 on the afternoon of Christmas Day - this broadcast often includes more of the final organ voluntary which is generally truncated on the live broadcast.

David Underdown 10:20, 6 January 2006 (UTC)

Anglican[edit]

Is this purely an Anglican celebration? If it is, I think this should come up in the very first lines (this, "Lessons and Carols usually only occur in Anglican churches.", at the end of the first paragraph, can easily remain unnoticed if the page is skimmed). Zigzig20s 17:05, 20 January 2007 (UTC)

There's nothing inherently Anglican about it. King's College is Anglican and perhaps Anglican institutions are more likely to have the sort of choir to tackle the music typically associated with the service, but I don't think there's anything in the service that any "mainline" protestant denomination would object too. David Underdown 09:24, 22 January 2007 (UTC)
Even non-Protestant groups can do this. I go to a Jesuit High School that's been doing it since 2002. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 68.110.189.218 (talk) 22:57, 27 March 2007 (UTC).