Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols

The format of this service is based on an order drawn up by Edward Benson, later Archbishop of Canterbury but at that time Bishop of Truro,
Wed 15.12.2021, at 7:00 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.
Helsinki Cathedral, Unioninkatu 29, Helsinki
Free

Date and time

Wed 15.12.2021, at 7:00 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.

Location

Helsinki Cathedral, Unioninkatu 29, Vironniemi, Helsinki
Helsinki Cathedral
Unioninkatu 29
Vironniemi
Helsinki
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Englanti

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tuomiokirkko.srk@evl.fi
+358 9 2340 6120
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Price

Free

Description

The format of this service is based on an order drawn up by Edward Benson, later Archbishop of Canterbury but at that time Bishop of Truro, for use on Christmas Eve (24th December) 1880. Tradition says that he organized a 10 p.m. service in a wooden shed which then served as his cathedral in Truro and that the purpose of the service was to keep men out of the pubs.

The original liturgy has since been adapted and used by other churches all over the world. Numerous Christian denominations have adopted this service, or a variation of this service, as part of their Christmas celebrations. In Finland, this would be 'Kauneimmat joululaulut'.

The best-known version is broadcast annually from King's College, Cambridge. This service follows that same order which can also be found in Common Worship: Times and Seasons of the Church of England. The tradition of this Festival in Helsinki by the Anglican Church in Finland dates back, at least, to the 1960s.

Cathedral

15.12.2021 19.00-20.15

Free entry

Image: St. Nicholas Anglican Church Helsinki