A Festival Service of Nine Lessons and Carols for Advent will be celebrated at St. Stephen’s Church, Pro-Cathedral of the Episcopal Diocese of Bethlehem, on Wednesday, December 11, at 6:00 pm. This traditional service will feature hymns and carols sung by all, as well as choral music sung by St. Stephen’s Choir and guest singers from a number of other regional choirs. The Rev’d Timothy Alleman, Priest-in-Charge of St. Stephen’s, will serve as officiant. Music will be led by Canon Mark Laubach and guest conductor Dr. Rick Hoffenberg, Director of Choral Activities at Marywood University in Scranton. The service consists of an alternating sequence of scripture readings and music, featuring choral and organ works by Gerald Near, Marcel Dupré, Palestrina, David Willcocks, Joseph Clokey, Andrew Carter, Hugo Distler, Johannes Brahms, George Dyson, Hector Berlioz, and Max Reger. A free-will offering will be received to support various music and social outreach ministries at 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 hosted by St. Stephen’s Hospitality Committee. All are welcome!