A Festival Service of Nine Lessons and Carols for Advent will be held at St. Stephen's Episcopal Pro-Cathedral on Wednesday, December 14, at 6:00 pm. The service, St. Stephen’s annual Advent and Christmas gift to the community and region, will feature traditional hymns and carols sung by all, as well as choral selections for the season. The Reverend Brian Pavlac, Priest-in-Charge, will serve as Officiant, assisted by lay readers from among the members of the church. The St. Stephen's Choir will present special music under the direction of Canon Mark Laubach, Organist and Choirmaster, and Assisting Choirmaster Dr. Rick Hoffenberg, Co-Chair of the Department of Music, Theater, and Dance and Director of Choral Activities and Associate Professor of Choral Conducting at Marywood University in Scranton. The St. Stephen's Choir will sing choral works and carol arrangements by Palestrina, Charles Wood, Robert Twynham, Andrew Carter, Orlando Gibbons, Robert Nicholls, Herbert Howells, Mack Wilberg, and David Willcocks. Hymns and carols sung by all will include “Come, thou Redeemer of the earth,” “O day of peace,” “On Jordan’s bank,” “O come, O come, Emmanuel,” “Lo! he comes, with clouds descending,” and “Of the Father’s heart begotten.” Organ music before, during, and at the conclusion of the service will be played by Canon Laubach on the magnificent Berghaus pipe organ, containing some 4,900 pipes. A free-will offering will be received to support the various outreach ministries of St. Stephen's Church. Gifts of non-perishable food, clothing, and other necessary items will also be received for the Food Pantry and the Clothes Closet at St. Stephen’s. A festive reception will follow the service.