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December 19, 2012

Christmas Carol Service at Mather College

For decades the Glee Club at Flora Stone Mather College held a Christmas Carol Service at Florence Harkness Chapel. The earliest program from this service held by the University Archives is from 1909, and the latest is from 1950. Carols sung in 1909 included See Amid the Winter’s Snow, Infant so Gentle, so Pure and so Sweet, When I View the Mother Holding, Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming, We Three Kings of Orient Are, Silent Night, and Nazareth.

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Processional, ca. 1929-1931

Additions to the service were added over time including scripture readings, processionals and recessionals, a benediction, and dance. At the service held 80 years ago, President Emeritus Charles Franklin Thwing gave the scripture reading. In 1933 a medieval mystery play, The Pageant of the Shearmen and Tailors, was performed. Joining the Glee Club in 1936, the Dance Club performed to 3 carols: 15th Century English Christmas Carol, Bells, Carol of the Russian Children.

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Glee Club and Dance Club at Christmas Carol Service, 1939

Posted by hxy2 at December 19, 2012 03:58 PM

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