The 109th Annual Christmas Carol Services will be held in the Memorial Church Sanctuary on Sunday, Dec. 9 at 5:00 p.m., and on Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 8:00 p.m. Doors open one hour before each service. Admission is free; an offering for charity is collected.
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.