For the Mount Saint Mary College community, the annual Christmas Vespers service of lessons and carols – held this year on Sunday, December 4 – signals the joyous beginning of the holiday season.
This is the first time that college has been able to resume the tradition since it was put on hiatus in 2020 and 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The first Vespers at the Mount took place in 1974.
The annual service features lessons and carols like “Angels We Have Heard on High.” Towards the end of the service, the audience joined in singing “Silent Night,” during which the lights are dimmed and the chapel is illuminated with candles.
The event was livestreamed by Knight Productions and the students of Merle Becker, instructor of Digital Media Production at the Mount. The performance can be viewed in full here: www.msmc.edu/vespers2022