108th Annual Christmas Carol Service


Sunday, December 10, 2017, 5:00pm to 6:30pm


The Memorial Church Sanctuary

The Harvard University Choir 108th Annual Christmas Carol Services

The 108th Annual Christmas Carol Services will be held in the Memorial Church Sanctuary on Sunday, Dec. 10 at 5:00 p.m., and on Tuesday, Dec. 12 at 8:00 p.m. Doors open one hour before each service. Admission is free; an offering for charity is collected. The Dec.10th service will be broadcast live on Harvard's radio station WHRB 95.3 FM and via Internet streaming at whrb.org starting with the organ prelude at 4:45 p.m. The service will also be rebroadcast on Sunday, Dec. 24 at 11 a.m. All welcome!

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The Annual Christmas Carol Service, sung by the Harvard University Choir, is America’s oldest carol service. In 1910, the newly appointed University and Choirmaster, Archibald T. Davison, and Plummer Professor of Christian Morals, Edward C. Moore, devised the first annual Christmas Carol Service for Harvard University. The liturgy they prepared has remained virtually unchanged since: three lessons from scripture, interspersed with choral and congregational carols, beginning with “Adeste, fideles” sung in Latin. Over a century later, this service continues to be a cherished part of the festive season for the Harvard and Cambridge communities.

2017 Carol Service Program578 KB