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December 24, 2014 all-day
The Riverside Church
490 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10027

Christmas Eve Services at Riverside Church

The Riverside Church, an Interdenominational, International and Interracial Congregation

490 Riverside Drive (between 120th & 122nd Streets)

Wednesday, December 24

Worship Service for Children and Families 4:00 p.m.

Lesson and Carols Service 8:00 p.m.

Admission: Free


For more information, call (212) 870-6784.


In celebration of Christmas and its significance to the Christian community, The Riverside Church will host its annual Christmas Eve Children and Families Service, and Lessons and Carols Service.


The Service of Lessons and Carols at Riverside follows the basic service of nine “lessons” (scripture readings), which are read in alternation with nine carols.  This service originated in Anglican worship practices, but is slightly modified to be a little more “Riverside.”  In many such services, the music is very traditional – i.e. Anglican cathedral music.  The Riverside Church will incorporate some of this repertoire, but also include Spirituals, world music and choral music of other traditions.


Adam Lay yBouden – Boris Ord

Jesus Christ the Apple Tree – Elizabeth Poston

For Unto Us a Child is Born (Messiah) – G.F. Handel

O Little Town of Bethlehem – HYMN

Gabriel’s Message – Steph Paulus

Christmas Night – John Rutter

I Wonder as I Wander – arr. Steve Pilkington

Sister Mary Had-a but One Child – Roland Hayes

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing – HYMN