On Sunday, West Virginia Wesleyan will celebrate the holidays with its annual Festival of Lessons and Carols.
Under the direction of R. Daniel Hughes, associate professor and director of choral activities, the service will feature works by Pinkham, Palestrina, Argento, Mouton, Lauridsen, Gardiner and others as performed by the Concert Chorale, Concentus Vocum, the Brass Ensemble and all in attendance.
The Festival of Lessons and Carols is an age-old tradition that traces its roots to King's College in England. The nine lessons, read by members of the College and Buckhannon communities, present the Biblical story of Christmas, from the prophecies of Jesus' birth through the Gospel accounts of His birth.
"Woven throughout those lessons read from Scripture are specially selected musical pieces sung by the Concert Chorale, Concentus Vocum and the congregation," said Angela Gay Kinkead, dean of the Chapel.
The Festival of Lessons and Carols will begin at 4 p.m. in Wesley Chapel Sunday. Admission to the Festival of Lessons and Carols is free, and the public is encouraged to take part in this annual community tradition.
Following the program, those in attendance will gather outside for the ceremonial lighting of the Christmas tree and singing of carols, held between the Chapel and Jenkins Hall.
Following the tree lighting and caroling, the community is invited to take part in a special dinner in the French A. See Dining Hall. Cost for the dinner is $9.