Monday, December 24, 2018, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Location: Cathedral Church of St. Paul | Des Moines, 815 High Street, Des Moines, IA US 50309

Coordinator: Fr. Troy Beecham |

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Christmas Eve Early Service - A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols with Holy Eucharist – 5:00 p.m.

Join with the people of St. Paul's, with visitors, with family, and friends for a candle-lit Christmas Eve service. Our 5 pm service traces God's plan for salvation through Scripture and song. We will celebrate the Eucharist (Holy Communion) as our joyful response to God's loving gift to us in the person of Jesus Christ. 

The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols is a service of Christian worship celebrating the birth of Jesus. The story of the fall of humanity, the promise of the Messiah, and the birth of Jesus is told in nine short Bible readings which are interspersed with the singing of Christmas carols, hymns and choir music, and traditionally opens with the carol “Once in Royal David’s City.”

The service originated in England in the 19th century, and has since been adapted and used by other churches all over the world, most often in Anglican churches.

This year’s service will be on Monday, December 24 at five o’clock. Sung by the Cathedral Choir under the direction of Cathedral Organist Mark A. Babcock, this beautiful service is a well-loved St. Paul’s tradition.

Come to sing, listen, pray— and be richly blessed!