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Lessons and Carols

Candles, tree, and presents at Lessons and Carols

Loyola University Maryland will celebrate its 35th Annual Festival of Lessons and Carols on Saturday, December 2nd, 2023 at 5:00pm in the Alumni Memorial Chapel.

This annual ecumenical service, rooted in the great English choral tradition, combines music and scripture readings of the Advent Christmas Season in a beautiful candle-lit setting. The Loyola University Chapel Choir and guest artists, under the direction of Laura McCormack, Associate Director of Campus Ministry, will perform seasonal music from a broad range of musical styles and traditions.

During the service, gifts are presented to representatives from local agencies to be distributed to children in the Baltimore area as part of the "Presents for Christmas" service project co-sponsored by Loyola’s Center for Community, Service, and Justice and Campus Ministry.


Our 2023 concert will be live-streamed below at 5 pm on December 2 and will remain available on the page. To follow along with the program, please see the Lessons and Carols 2023 Order of Worship.

Watch Past Performances

2022 Lessons and Carols performance

2021 Lessons and Carols performance

2020 Lessons and Carols performance


Directions to Alumni Memorial Chapel

Loyola University is located at the corner of Cold Spring Lane and North Charles Street in Baltimore City.

  • When using I-695 (the Baltimore Beltway), take Exit 25 (Charles Street). Proceed south on N. Charles Street. Loyola is just north of the Cold Spring Lane intersection.
  • Alumni Memorial Chapel (#16 on campus map) is located on the main academic quad accessible from Ennis Parallel (left off of N. Charles Street) and sidewalks from Coldspring and Millbrook Lanes.
  • Parking during Lessons and Carols is available at the Fitness & Aquatic Center (#11 on the campus map) with frequent shuttles to the Sellinger Building, located on Ennis Parallel next to the chapel.