Presented at Trinity Church in Bolton by the Imago students. The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols is a format for a service of Christian worship celebrating the birth of Jesus. The story of the fall of humanity, the promise of the Messiah, and the birth of Jesus is told in nine short Bible readings, interspersed with the singing of Christmas carols and hymns.
The format is based on an Order drawn up by Edward White Benson, before he became Archbishop of Canterbury, for Christmas Eve (24 December) 1880 in Truro, Cornwall where it was performed in a wooden shed. It has since been adapted and used by churches all over the world to celebrate God’s Greatest gift to us, the birth of our savior, Jesus Christ.