Christmas at Memorial Church

December 6, 2019
Carol Service

The Christmas Season is here! Save the date for our upcoming Christmas services.

Christmas Carol Services

The 110th Annual Christmas Carol Services will be held on Sunday, Dec. 8 at 5 pm and Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 8 pm. Doors will open one hour before each service. Admission is free; an offering for charity is collected. 

Download the Carols Program


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.

Choirmaster Edward Elwyn Jones conducts the University Choir during the 108th Annual Christmas Service.

Christmas Eve Service

Join us for a Christmas Eve service on Dec. 24 at 5 pm to celebrate the Nativity of Our Lord with hymns and Holy Communion. The preacher will be Professor Stephanie Paulsell, Interim Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church and the Susan Shallcross Swartz Professor of the Practice of Christian Studies in the Harvard Divinity School.

This service will also feature a community choir; if you would like to sing, come to rehearsal before the service at 3:30 pm in the choir room on the ground level of the church. All welcome!