A Beloved Groton Tradition

In the Groton School Chapel and in distant cities, more than 2,000 people enjoyed this year’s Service of Nine Lessons and Carols.

Many attended one of the three live performances, on December 9, 11, or 15; for each service, the Chapel was packed to capacity as students, faculty, alumni, friends, and residents of the Town of Groton joined to sing, celebrate, and pray. In addition, about 1,000 enjoyed the School tradition virtually: 300 watched an online live stream in real time during the December 15 performance. In the days that followed, another 700 (and still counting) tuned into to the performance on video.

Lessons and Carols, an English tradition, has been part of Groton School’s holiday celebration since 1928. The unique warmth of the service continues to resonate with alumni long after graduation, and many return to campus for the service each year or tune in online.

The service began with a prelude by the Groton School Chamber Orchestra and included a traditional vocal repetoire, performed by the Groton School Choir and Madrigals, under the guidance of Director of Choral Music Christopher Hampson. Various students, faculty, and friends shared religious readings—the lessons—during three very spiritual evenings of holiday spirit.

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