St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 11 White St., wil hold a service of "Nine Advent-Christmas Lessons and Carols” at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13. A reception will follow in the Parish Hall.

The “Lessons and Carols” service has become a toliday tradition, primarily through the annual BBC broadcast of the program from King’s College Chapel at Cambridge University every Christmas Eve. As World War I ended in Europe, there was a great need for a hopeful message for those who had sustained unbelievable loss of life and property. The Bidding Prayer at the opening of the service reminds us to remember in our prayers the sick, the impoverished, the elderly and the children of the world.

St. Peter’s program, like the King’s College program, includes scriptural readings that tell the seasonal story of God’s salvation from Genesis to the coming of Christ. Between the readings, the choirs and the congregation will perform and sing anthems and hymns. Traditional hymns, such as “Once in Royal David’s City” and “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing,” will round out the program.

This choral program of holiday favorites will be presented by the St. Peter’s Adult Choir and children of the St. Peter’s Choir School. The choir school began in September and currently serves 38 students between first and fifth grades. The children come from a wide area throughout the Midcoast and meet weekly from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays to learn to read music and develop their young voices for choral singing. This Service of Nine Lessons and Carols forms the capstone program of their first term.

Voices in the program will be supported by Minister of Music Scott Dyer on the organ and Church Musician Barbara Jean O'Brien on Celtic harp. They will be joined by Trio Parlante (cellist Kristi Mann, violinist Heidi Karod, and pianist Chris Tofani), who will add depth to the sung pieces and perform the prelude and postlude.

There is no cost for admission for this service of Lessons and Carols, but donations will be accepted to help St. Peter’s continue to support programs like the St. Peter’s Choir School. Nonperishable food items may also be brought for the Area Interfaith Organization Food Pantry.

For additional information, contact St. Peter’s church office at 594-8191.