CBS to Broadcast ‘Christmas in Chelsea Square’ on Christmas Eve
via press release:
“CHRISTMAS IN CHELSEA SQUARE,” FROM THE HISTORIC GENERAL THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY IN NEW YORK, TO BE BROADCAST SATURDAY, DEC. 24, ON THE CBS TELEVISION NETWORK
The holiday special “CHRISTMAS IN CHELSEA SQUARE,” a service of Lessons and Carols from the General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church, will be broadcast Saturday, Dec. 24 (11:35 PM-12:35 AM ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
The Chapel of the Good Shepherd, a 194-year-old seminary in the heart of New York City’s historic Chelsea district, will be the site for readings from Scripture, a variety of choral works and musical performances.
Bishop Catherine Roskam and the retiring Bishop Suffragan of the Dioceses of New York will host the program, which will be rich in liturgy and Christmas carols. The Dean of the Seminary, Rt. Rev. Peter James Lee, will introduce the Seminary’s mission to the viewers.
Members of the seminary community will offer readings from scripture interspersed with choral works, and other musical performances featuring a pipe organ, woodwinds and brass. Christmas carols will also be played on chimes. The Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, Rt. Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, will deliver a brief homily.
The special ends in the Seminary Refectory with a warming hearth fire and a bright Christmas tree. It is here that “A Visit from St. Nicholas,” the beloved poem by Clement Clarke Moore, is read to a group of young children. This reading of the poem has become a Christmas tradition at the seminary over the years. Moore was a professor of biblical languages at the Seminary.
The producer for the Seminary Christmas Special is Bruce Parker; the executive producer for CBS is John P. Blessington.