The Austin College community opens the holiday season with the annual Service of Lessons and Carols on December 6 at Grand Avenue Presbyterian Church, 901 N. Grand Avenue. The event is free and open to the public.

The event will be held at Grand Avenue Presbyterian this year due to continuing renovation work on Wynne Chapel on campus.

The Service of Lessons and Carols will include Hebrew and Christian scriptures, carols, anthems, and a candle-lighting ceremony. The A Cappella Choir and Chamber Orchestra will perform selections from Handel’s “Messiah.”

Faculty and staff participants will include President Steven P. O’Day, David Whelan of the Physics Department, registrar Eugenia Harris, and Madalyn Haines of the Academic Skills Center staff.

Student readers include Lois Bronaugh ’20 of Buda, Texas; Ti’Anna Smith ’22 of Houston, Texas; Harrison Vickmark ’21 of McAllen, Texas; and Dylan Williams ’23 of Garland, Texas. Santos Botella ’20 of League City, Texas, will deliver the invocation.