On Dec. 1 and Dec. 2, the Fordham community launched its celebration of the holidays with the annual Festival of Lessons and Carols, held, respectively, at the Church of St. Paul the Apostle near the Lincoln Center campus, and in the University Church on the Rose Hill campus.

The celebration takes its format from the Service of Lessons and Carols, a British Christmas tradition, and features performances by the Fordham University choirs, the Bronx Arts Ensemble, and the Ailey/Fordham B.F.A. in Dance Program.

Year after year, the event fills the churches to capacity.

(photos by Michael Dames)