Thursday, December 15 at 5:00 p.m.
in the historic Chapel of St. Mary the Virgin
Nashotah House Theological Seminary, a seminary of the Episcopal Church founded in 1842 on Upper Nashotah Lake, is pleased to announce the annual service of Advent Lessons & Carols held Thursday, December 15 at 5:00 p.m. in the historic Chapel of St. Mary the Virgin.
This festal service, which has its origins in nineteenth century Anglican Church life, offers a time of deep spiritual refreshment amidst the all-too-familiar clamor of the holiday crunch. “Our service of Lessons & Carols contains lessons beginning with the Creation and Fall in Genesis and Old Testament Passages pointing to the coming of the Messiah. The New Testament passages are familiar nativity passages interpreted by the dramatic passage for the Gospel of St. John – ‘And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory, the glory of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.’ The carols illuminate the readings and reveal the wonder of Christmas and the Christ Child,” comments The Rt. Rev. Edward L. Salmon, Jr., seminary dean and president.
In addition to the traditional hymns and anthems of the season, the Nashotah House Choir and Choral Scholars, under the direction of Canon Joseph Kucharski, will sing “Adam lay Ybounden” arranged by J. Ireland, “Christ Hath a Garden” by Gerald Near and Thomas Tallis’ great Advent anthem, “Audivi Media Nocte”. The St. Mary’s Choristers, a choir of young boys and girls, will perform “Christmas Lullaby” by John Rutter.
In addition this year, a mission team from Nashotah House will host a traditional spaghetti supper and bake sale immediately following the service in the James Lloyd Breck Refectory. The proceeds from the supper and bake sale will aid Nashotah’s forthcoming mission work in Peru, where “The mission will lay a theological and practical foundation to help Church leaders grasp their role in developing, sending and supporting missionaries at home and abroad,” says The Rev. John Gabig, the team’s leader.
Though the service of Advent Lessons & Carols is free, open to all and does not require a ticket, a suggested donation of $12 per person is recommended for those attending the spaghetti supper afterwards. Advance tickets for the spaghetti supper and bake sale (tickets are not necessary to attend Lessons & Carols) may be purchased by contacting Shelly Tinsley at (262) 468-4154.