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Service of Lessons and Carols for Christmas
Service of Lessons and Carols for Christmas

The beloved St. Mark's tradition of Lessons and Carols took place Thursday evening, December 9, in the Putnam Family Arts Center's Class of '45 Hall. Gathered together in person, wearing festive formal dress, the School community enjoyed sacred music and readings from Hebrew and Christian scriptures in celebration of Christmas.

Reverend Barbara Talcott welcomed those in attendance, providing a history for the tradition of Lessons and Carols and inviting all to sing. "Please stand and join in generously on all of the hymns," Talcott said. "How well you feel you sing is not important. That you sing is critical. So channel all your joyous and grateful energy into participating in the entire experience that lies ahead of you tonight."

The service included the nine traditional lessons as well as music with harp from Britten's "Ceremony of Carols" and pieces by Rütti and Joubert, as well as an original work by Director of Music James Wallace. Student lectors Ifeoluwa Lawore '25, Victoria Merlo '24, Sophie Ledonio '23, and Michael Ferlisi '22 read the first four lessons; Dr. John Daves and Ms. Lauren Ames read the next two lessons on behalf of the faculty and staff; and Emily Morgan read for the faculty children, while Willis Ryckman read for the Interfaith Chapel Council. Head of School John C. Warren '74 read the ninth and final lesson from John 1:1-14. The St. Mark's School choir and orchestra, along with special guests, played beautifully.

You can watch a recording of the performance on our website here, where you will also find the full program for the evening.

Photograph by Sarah Eslick