Service of Carols and Lessons | Duke Campus: Duke Chapel | Holidays | Indy Week


Service of Carols and Lessons

When: Tue., Dec. 24, 11 p.m. 2013

Sure, "Jingle Bells" and Sufjan Stevens are great, but those seeking out Christmas Eve spirit would do well by visiting Duke University Chapel's Service of Lessons and Carols, an intimate tradition with readings, candlelight, congregational singing and the pristine voices of a Christmas choir. The chapel has celebrated Christmas Eve since 1969, but the format dates to 19th-century England, where it was designed to keep men from getting plastered at pubs the night before Christmas. Expect the austere beauty of the British choral tradition, classics such as "Silent Night," a smattering of contemporary music and, of course, the "Hallelujah" chorus. —William Robin

Price: Free

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