Lessons and Carols

Lessons and Carols

Melanie was wondering last night about the origin of the Service of Lessons and Carols. As I mentioned the other day, her parish had Lessons and Carols before Midnight Mass: Scripture readings outlining salvation history interspersed with traditional Christmas carols and hymns.

In her research online, she was only able to find references to Anglican Lessons and Carols services. Is this an Anglican import? Where does it come from? What is its history?

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