Manhattan College Hosts A Festival of Lessons and Carols Christmas Celebration

The annual program drew a large crowd of listeners to campus.

On Dec. 2, members of the College community gathered in the Chapel of De La Salle and His Brothers to celebrate their annual Christmas program, A Festival of Lessons and Carols, hosted by the Manhattan College Singers and Orchestra.

This holiday event is a unique hour-long celebration that combines traditional Christmas carols and Advent hymns with Scripture readings and contemporary musical arrangements.

The program commenced with preludes followed by an opening prayer from College Chaplain Fr. George Hill. The concert included selections from Handel’s Messiah, an excerpt from Haydn’s oratorio The Creation, and two carols by John Rutter. Brennan O’Donnell, Ph.D., president of the College, and Richard K. Emmerson, Ph.D., dean of the School of Arts also offered readings and reflections. The ensembles concluded with a candlelit rendition of Silent Night, a Christmas tradition in which the congregation is invited to participate.

At the end of the program, the performers sang Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, O Christmas Tree and other holiday favorites on the Quadrangle for the lighting of the College’s Christmas tree.

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To see all photos from the event, visit the College's Flickr page.