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Christmas Vespers

Mount Saint Mary College presented its annual Christmas Vespers, the Service of Nine Lessons and Carols with the Mount Saint Mary College Choir and the Saint Philip's Church Choir, accompanied by the Hudson Valley Chamber Players on Sunday, December 5. 

The Mount Choir and the Saint Philip's Church Choir were directed by Durward Entrekin, professor of music studies at the Mount. 

Father Francis Amodio, O.Carm., offered the Bidding Prayer to begin the service. Lessons were read by Ryan O'Grady, a senior at Franklin Delano Roosevelt High School in Hyde Park; Elaine O'Grady, the Mount's executive director of operations and housing; Linnea Mowat, a Mount sophomore; Laura Mowat of the Mount's Office of Finance; Sr. Lorelle Elcock, prioress of the Dominican Sisters of Hope; Kelly Yough, associate dean of students; James Gearity, chair of the Mount's Division of Business; Fr. Kevin E. Mackin, OFM, Mount president; and Abel Garraghan, chair of the Board of Trustees. 

The readings were followed by a candle lighting ceremony. 

The Service of Nine Lessons and Carols was composed by Archbishop Benson while he was Bishop of Truro. It was later modified for use in King's College Chapel, Cambridge, in 1918 by its then Dean, the Very Reverend Eric Milner-White, to whom we also owe the Bidding Prayer. 

The College is grateful to Mr. Nicholas Valentine of Broadway Tailors for his continued support, and to the Dominican Sisters of Hope for the use of their Newburgh Center Chapel. 

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