The famous Advent Sunday service at St Mark's Cathedral consists of seven lessons and carols done in procession. Each is lesson/carol set is based on one of the "O" Antiphons," seven ancient Advent verses that each begin with the word "O". These antiphons later became the basis of the hymn "O Come, O Come Emmanuel".
Repertoire from the popular Lesson and Carols at University of St. Thomas, with readings and music for both Advent and Christmas is presented here in the rich acoustics of the Chapel of St. Basil. David Ashley White’s anthem, “Hodie Christus Natus Est” receives its recording premier on this album.