Nine Lessons and Carols

The service of Nine Lessons and Carols originated at Truro Cathedral under the first bishop, Edward Benson. Since then it has been adopted almost universally by every church of every denomination and is a marvellous way to celebrate Christmas as we hear the story of the birth of Christ from the very beginnings of God’s plan of redemption, through the prophecies of the coming Messiah, to the account of the extraordinary events surrounding the birth of Jesus.

There are two Nine Lessons and Carols at Truro Cathedral. This service is the second and will be sung by the Boy Choristers with the Lay Vicars and Choral Scholars. All are welcome. Booking is not necessary for this service.

This service will be live-streamed on this page at 7pm for those who are unable to attend in person. The replay will be available to watch on this page and our YouTube channel after the service has finished. If you have any problems viewing the live-stream or replay, please visit our YouTube channel


This Christmas, and indeed throughout the year, attendance at services and entry to the cathedral remains free. The cathedral relies on public donations to meet its costs. Truro Cathedral has been significantly financially affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and is finding ways to support its community through activities such as live-streaming. If you would like to donate online to support its ongoing work please visit the cathedral JustGiving page.