Though the texts are ancient, and the music spans all of church history, this form of service is modern - it was first drawn up for use in the wooden shed that served as the cathedral in Truro, and first sung on Christmas Eve in 1880. It took almost four decades for the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols to make its way to the choir of King's College at Cambridge University. For many today, this sacred service of hymns, carols, and readings – opening with "Once in royal David's city" – puts Christ back into Christmas, gently beckoning us away from the madding crowds of the secular yule 'holiday' season. Anchored by the Choir of Men and Boys, the Parish of All Saints' Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols is free - not even an offering will be taken. Bring your wonder, and behold.

The Program

The Truth from Above
 arr. Philip Moore

Ding dong! merrily on high
Mack Wilberg

The Manger Carol
Leo Sowerby

Lully, lullay
Philip Stopford

What is this lovely fragrance
Healy Willan

Joseph lieber, Joseph mein
Hieronymus Praetorius

Jesus child
John Rutter

Bogorodiste devo
Sergei Rachmaninoff

Seek him that maketh the seven stars
Jonathan Dove

In the bleak midwinter
Harold Darke

Allein Gott in der Höh' sei Ehr'
J.S. Bach (BWV 676)

Noel Suisse
Louis-Claude Daquin

Audioclip - Ave Maria (RObert Parsons)

Choir of Men and Boys | Parish of All Saints, Ashmont. (Recorded 2016)


Andrew Sheranian


Andrew Sheranian
Organist and Master of Choristers


Service Times


7:30 a.m. Morning Prayer
8:00 a.m. Low Mass
9:00 a.m. Adult Christian Education*
10:00 a.m. Solemn Mass
11:30 a.m. Coffee Hour

* during the academic year


Low Mass
Wednesday 10 a.m. *
Friday 7 a.m.
Saturday 9 a.m.

* followed by coffee hour


Location and Parking

209 Ashmont Street
Dorchester MA 02124
(617) 436-6370


All Saints is located in the south Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, just off Peabody Square, at 209 Ashmont St. and is a very short walk from the Ashmont T station on the Red Line. (Click icon for map.)



The five principal levels of our buildings are handicap accessible, served by a five-stop elevator. Handicap access into both buildings is by a walkway and ADA-compliant ramp from the parking lot to the Ashmont Street door of the church.  There are handicap accessible bathrooms on four levels of the church and parish house.


There is a private parking lot for 47 cars and on-street parking on both Ashmont Street and on the other streets surrounding the church.

Four of these spaces are reserved for Zipcars.

Parish of All Saints, Ashmont


Our emphasis at the Parish of All Saints is on sacramental worship (the Mass or Holy Eucharist) celebrated in a traditional Anglo-Catholic style, with strong orthodox teaching and preaching, supportive pastoral care, a caring parish family, and responsibility to our community and the greater world.

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