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Lessons and Carols, A St. Mark's Holiday Tradition
Lessons and Carols, A St. Mark's Holiday Tradition

This December, our School community enjoyed two evenings of the beloved Service of Lessons and Carols, which took place in Belmont Chapel on Tuesday and Thursday, December 6 and 8. As is customary for this St. Mark's holiday tradition, families and the general public were invited to attend alongside students and members of the faculty and staff.

Throughout the service, the St. Mark's School Choir and Orchestra, under the leadership of Director of Music James Wallace, lead congregational singing of carols, hymns, and instrumental pieces, including: "O Come, All Ye Faithful;" "O Come, O Come Emmanuel;" "Personent Hodie;" "O Little Town of Bethlehem;" " Silent Night;" "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing;" "Before the Marvel of this Night;" Torches;" "The Angel Gabriel;" "Song of Mary;" and "Carol of the Bells."

The traditional nine lessons were read by current students, staff, faculty, and faculty children. Representing each of St. Mark's four Forms, Sita Warner '26, Divi Bhaireddy '25, Devon Reid '24, and James Nichols-Worley '23 read the first four lessons. Jeanmarie Morey, Heather Harwood, and Peter Arvantely read on behalf of the staff and faculty; CJ Cadet read for the faculty children; and Willis Ryckman represented the Interfaith Chapel Council. Director of Global Citizenship Laura Appell-Warren and Head of School John C. Warren '74 read the ninth and final lesson from John 1:1-14.

Special thanks to Associate Chaplain Rev. Katie Solter and the following participants for their contributions to this year's service:

The St. Mark's School Choir
Condy Bao, Brierly Barber, Mae Bartlett, Catherine Cai, Finn Frederick, Rebecca Garland, Sara Hatsu, Jackie Huang, Crystal Hui, Jason Jiang, Tess Kelly, Joel Lawore, Ivy Li, Emily Ling, Evan Ma, D.J. Mines-Fisher, Joanna Ng, Diana Oh, Will O'Malley, Grace Pieper, Ezio Salimbeni *, Shreeya Sareddy*, Max Wang, Jiayi Yu, Peter Yu, Flora Zhu
*Co-Presidents

The St. Mark's School Orchestra
Diya Bhaireddy, Mimi Burnett, Hannah Cha, Ian Cho, Rachel Ding, Matthew Fernandez, Carey Huang, Kaien Hung, Yejee Hwang, Hayeon(Chloe) Kim, Karry Kim, Seoyeon (Grace) Kim, Diane Kwon, Madelyn Laflam, Jingyuan (Jamie) Li, Jasmine Liu +, Erin Rasmussen *, Anouk Shin, Yixuan (Ivy) Song, Henry Wang, Albert Wu, Joya Xu, Sungho Yoon, Xunyun (Mary) Zhang, Aaron Zhou
* President + Concertmaster

John C. Warren '74, Head of School; Laura Appell-Warren, Director of Global Citizenship; Naina Horning, Assistant Chaplain; James Wallace, Director of Music, School Organist; Frederick MacArthur, Organist; Dr. Sean Mix, Winds Coach.

Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all!

To view the recording of Lessons and Carols, select this link.

Photo by Adam Richins