Tradition and innovation meet in this service. This Cathedral has for over a decade commissioned a brand-new carol for each year’s program. This year, it is the world premiere of “Carol of the Bells,” in a new setting by Toronto-based composer (and former King’s choral scholar) Robert Busiakiewicz. It seems an especially apt choice, since this traditional Ukrainian Christmas favourite was first heard in North America exactly 100 years ago, at a time when Ukrainians were fighting for freedom – just as they are today.
Over the years, we have invited people from different walks of public life to read the short lessons from the Bible that trace the arc of the Christmas story of Jesus birth in a humble stable in Bethlehem. This year, we’re pleased that elected representatives of our communities from the municipal and provincial levels are with us. This year’s readers are:
Marie Térèse Little, Mayor of Metchosin
Maja Tait, Mayor of Sooke
Sid Tobias, Mayor of View Royal
Scott Goodmanson, Mayor of Langford
Grace Lore, MLA, Victoria-Beacon Hill
Marianne Alto, Mayor of Victoria
Doug Kobayashi, Mayor of Colwood
The Reverend Canon Ian Powell, Christ Church Cathedral
The Rev’d Ross Bliss, Vicar, Christ Church Cathedral
A variety of beautiful choral music has been selected by the cathedral’s Director of Music, Donald Hunt, who will also direct the Cathedral’s 30-voice choir. The organ will be played by Assistant Director of Music Mark McDonald.
Lessons and Carols for Christmas
A service of readings and music
Sunday, December 18, 2022, 4.00 PM
In person and livestreamed online
(Rebroadcast on CHEK TV at 7.00 PM)
Please arrive in time to take your seat by 3.45pm.
Admission: Free with a collection for the ministry of the Cathedral.