Festivals of Lessons and Carols planned for Ellsworth, Jay, Lewiston, Old Town, Portland, South Portland, and Yarmouth

The Festival of Lessons and Carols, a celebration of the hope of the Advent season, will be presented by several parishes this December. An Advent tradition dating to the late 19th century, the festival is a blend of Scripture readings, prayers, and carols and choral music that tell the story of salvation. The nine readings or "lessons” begin with the fall of man in the Garden of Eden and continue through the birth of Christ. The Festival of Lessons and Carols is a prayerful and joyous way to prepare for the celebration of Christmas.

St Joseph Church, 231 Main Street
Tuesday, December 5, 6:30 p.m.

St. Rose of Lima Church, 1 Church Street
Friday, December 15, 6 p.m.

Basilica of Ss. Peter & Paul, 122 Ash Street
Friday, December 22, at 7:30 pm.

Old Town
Holy Family Church, 429 Main Street
Friday, December 15, at 6 p.m.

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 307 Congress Street
Presented by the Cathedral Choir and Scholas with Bishop Robert Deeley presiding.
Friday, December 15, at 7 p.m.

South Portland
Church of the Holy Cross, 124 Cottage Road
Monday, December 4, 6:30 p.m.

Sacred Heart Church, 326 Main Street
Friday, December 15, 7 p.m.