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Diocese of Rockville Centre

Advent Choir

The Diocesan Choir of Rockville Centre will present a service of Advent Lessons and Carols on Sunday, December 8 at 3:30pm at the Cathedral of St. Agnes in Rockville Centre. Bishop William Murphy will preside. The 50 minute service consists of scripture readings, choral anthems, and hymns taken from the Advent season, proclaiming hope to a world waiting in darkness. The 100 members of the Diocesan Choir come from many different parishes throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties.

This year’s service will feature choral music by Felix Mendelssohn, as well as a spiritual and several arrangements of classical Advent Carols. One highlight of the service will be a dramatic reading of the Annunciation story, when Mary was visited by the Angel Gabriel, revealing that she was to be the mother of Jesus. The lector who reads the story is accompanied by organ, trumpet, and choir.

Lessons and Carols is modeled after a service at Kings College, Cambridge. Dating from Medieval times, this centuries old tradition has been used at churches throughout the world as a unique way to celebrate the story of Jesus’ coming among us.

Following the service, there will be a reception in the Msgr. James P. Kelly Parish Center, to which all are invited. The Cathedral is located right next to the LIRR Station at 29 Quealy Place in Rockville Centre, and is handicap accessible. For more information go to or contact the Diocesan Worship Office at 678-5800, ext. 504. All are welcome!