BELL BUCKLE, Tenn. -- The Webb School Chapel will be filled with music, song and fellowship, Dec. 13, during the school's annual celebration of Lessons and Carols. The performance will begin at 7 p.m. A reception will follow in the Grace Follin Dining Hall on The Webb School campus. The event is free and open to the public.
The annual service of Lessons and Carols will include performances by The Webb School Choir and String Orchestra, as well as the traditional reading of nine Bible passages by select members of the Webb faculty and student body. The Bible passages tell the story of the fall of mankind, God's redemptive grace and His ultimate gift of Jesus Christ. Webb's Lessons and Carols production is based upon the 1880 service first designed by Archbishop E.W. Benson for use on Christmas Eve in the cathedral at Truro, England.
According to Webb's longtime history teacher, L.R. Smith of Bell Buckle, it was former director of residential life, George Naron, who started the tradition at the school in the early 1980s.
"He thought it would be neat to appropriate the Church of England's Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols to start off the Christmas season here at Webb," Smith said.
"It brings out the true meaning of Christmas," Smith added. "It goes beyond the commercial aspect and gets to the heart of the matter."
Lessons and Carols is directed and coordinated by Smith, Choir Director/Fine Arts Department Chair Janet Linton, Strings Director/Instructor Susan Mullen and Light/Technical Director Ralph Jones.