A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
Christmas joy! St. John Cantius’ Service of Nine Lessons and Carols brings you the classic carols of Christmas.

Enjoy singing classic Christmas carols with our choirs accompanied by our massive Casavant Pipe Organ, nicknamed “Tina Mae.”  Hear the Christmas story read from the famous “nine lessons” taken from the Bible. Let your heart be warmed by youthful voices of our Magnificat Choir. Start your Christmas celebration right with beautiful Christmas Music from St. John Cantius, as the stunning voices of our St. Cecilia Choir sing to the Infant Lord of Bethlehem.


The Festival of Lessons and Carols is a popular event. Seating is limited, so we encourage you to make a reservation early. Make your Reservation Today:

7:00 pm Lessons & Carols Program
$15 (Adult)
$10 (Seniors and Student ID)
$5 (Youth 6-18)

5:00 pm Banquet followed by Lessons & Carols
$100 (Banquet Dinner at 5:00 pm in the Cafe San Giovanni in the church hall followed by Lessons and Carols - ticket included)

Menu for the Banquet Dinner

Chef Luci Major has prepared a wonderful menu for this year’s Lessons and Carols’ Banquet

-Bruschetta with tomato and goat cheese
-Mixed green salad with candied pecans, blue cheese and fig dressing
-Steak Diane with red wine mushroom sauce
-Caramelized onion mashed potatoes and asparagus.
-Cheesecakes served with fruit sauce. (Special thanks to Eli’s Cheesecake)
-Assorted Wines
-Coffee (special thanks to Big Shoulders Coffee)

Our special guest at this year’s banquet is the Most Rev. Alberto Rojas, Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago.

Program Book
Want a sneak peak at this year’s Program Books for Lessons and Carols? Click here to see the 2017 Lessons and Carols Program. Thanks to all of our advertisers!

Advertise with us
Increase knowledge of your business by advertising in this year’s Lessons and Carols program booklet.  The Patrons of Sacred Music (AMDG Foundation) relies on your support to keep St. John Cantius a place where music and art will flourish. Click here to visit our Advertising Page.

Musical Repertoire
Are you curious to find out what Christmas carols, choral music and organ music will be featured at this year’s “Lessons and Carols”?

King’s College in Cambridge, England, began this service in 1918. Read more here…

Learn how to find St. John Cantius Church by clicking here…

Members of Religious Orders in habit, as well as members of the U.S. Armed Forces in uniform, will receive free admission to the music program.


December 15, 2018
at 7:00 pm

Doors open at 6:15 p.m.

St. John Cantius Church
825 N. Carpenter St.
Chicago, Illinois 60642-5499


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