Neosho area residents will have the chance to attend a traditional Christmas service this Sunday evening, when the Crowder College Community Chorus holds their ninth annual “A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols.”
The show is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Neosho United Methodist Church, 224 S. Wood St., and will also feature a performance from the Wesley Ringers Handbell Choir.
In between the popular Christmas hymns and carols, Neosho residents will take the stage to read scriptures to the crowd.
Past musical performances have included traditional pieces such as “O Holy Night” and “Infant Holy, Infant Lowly.”
Though the performance has become a holiday tradition in Neosho, it is not unique to the area.
The show is modeled after the traditional service held since 1918 at King's College in Cambridge, England.
The Neosho performance has drawn large crowds in the past, reaching as many as 200 people.
The show was brought to Neosho by Crowder music instructor Robert Ensor, when he began teaching at the college nine years ago.
“It’s not really a long service, it’s just a beautiful service,” Ensor said when describing last year's event.
The event usually runs about one hour and is free and open to the public.
For more information, contact Ensor at 455- 5634.