Contact: Roberta Cox at 214/768-2335


Nov. 17, 2004


DALLAS (SMU) -- Little did the 19th-century worshippers at England's Truro Cathedral know how their unique Christmas Eve worship service would grow throughout the church. Arranged from ancient sources, it simply contained nine carols and nine lessons to be read by various officers of the church and told the story of salvation through scripture and song.

Today, the nine lessons and carols are practiced in churches throughout the world, and SMU's service will bring a world of Christmas to Dallas. Including traditional music for Advent and Christmas, the service will also feature music from Spain, the Philippines, Nigeria and African American Gospel.

The annual Christmas Worship Service of Nine Lessons and Carols will be held in SMU's Perkins Chapel on Thursday, Dec. 2 at 4 and 8 p.m. The service will feature the fifty-voice Concert Choir from the Meadows School of the Arts and the twenty-five voice Seminary Singers from Perkins School of Theology.

Dean William B. Lawrence of Perkins will preside. C. Michael Hawn, professor of church music, will lead the Seminary Singers, and Alfred Calabrese, director of choral activities, will conduct the Concert Choir. George Baker, associate university organist, will be the service organist. For more information, contact Michael Hawn at 214/768-2502 or


SMU's Perkins School of Theology is one of five University-related official schools of theology of The United Methodist Church. The school was founded in 1911 by the Methodist Episcopal Church South, now The United Methodist Church. Degree programs include the Master of Church Ministry, Master of Divinity, Master of Sacred Music, Master of Theological Studies, Doctor of Ministry degree, and the Ph.D. in cooperation with SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences.