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. Four of our parish choirs join us for this event. Start your Christmas celebration right with beautiful Christmas Music from St. John Cantius.

7:00 pm Lessons & Carols Program
$15 (Adult)
$10 (Seniors [60 and over]; and Student ID)
$5 (Youth 6-18)

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

5:30 pm Banquet followed by Lessons & Carols
$125 - Dinner reservation with reserved seating ticket to concert.

Wine and Hors D’Oeuvres followed by a three-course dinner:
Appetizers - Bruschetta and Asparagus with Prosciutto
Dinner - Sausage and Peppers, Cavatelli with Vodka Sauce, Chicken Marsala, Vesuvio Potatoes and Broccoli
Dessert - Assorted Mini Pastries
Coffee and dessert will be served.


The Festival of Lessons and Carols is a popular event. Seating is limited, so we encourage you to make a reservation early. There are two ways to purchase tickets:

1) Download and print your mail-in reservation »
2) Purchase tickets online through Eventbrite »

Program Book
When you attend Lessons and Carols you will get a Program Book. Click here to see the 2017 Lessons and Carols Program. Thanks to all of our advertisers!

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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…

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December 14, 2019
at 7:00 pm

Doors open at 6:15 pm

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

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