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Christmas with Cantus: Lessons and Carols for Our Time

In the 1880’s Edward White Benson, who later became Archbishop of Canterbury, organized the Lessons and Carols service to keep men out of pubs on Christmas Eve. Yet what began as a “sobering” suggestion has grown to a tradition that encompasses the world, with variations of the service found in Christmas and holiday celebrations throughout the past century. As an innovative vehicle for meditation and thought, Cantus' Lessons and Carols is a perfect way to reflect on today’s most important relevant lessons, both intimate and universal.

Each holiday season, we celebrate age-old traditions and create new ones for future generations. In a program hailed by The Pioneer Press as “…one of the most rewarding ... Cantus has ever created,” Cantus presents a modern take on the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, reimagined for the new world we live in today.

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Twin Cities Concert Series:

Thursday, December 13, 2018, 11:00am | Westminster Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis

Friday, December 14, 2018, 7:30pm | Fridley District Auditorium in Fridley

Saturday, December 15, 2018, 7:30pm | Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church in Apple Valley

Monday, December 17, 2018, 11:00am | Colonial Church of Edina

Tuesday, December 18, 2018, 7:30pm | Saint Bartholomew Catholic Church in Wayzata

Thursday, December 20, 2018, 7:30pm | Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas in St. Paul

Friday, December 21, 2018, 7:30pm | Ordway Concert Hall in St. Paul

Saturday, December 22, 2018, 7:30pm | Trinity Lutheran Church in Stillwater

Earlier Event: September 20
Cantus & Lorelei in Concert
Later Event: March 15
When I Grow Up