2018 Christmas Vespers
2018 Christmas Vespers
2018 Christmas Vespers
2018 Christmas Vespers
2018 Christmas Vespers
2018 Christmas Vespers
2018 Christmas Vespers
2018 Christmas Vespers
2018 Christmas Vespers
2018 Christmas Vespers
Christmas Vespers Services, a Blair Tradition
Brittany Rockenfeller

The Blair community gathered at Blairstown Presbyterian Church for the annual Christmas Vespers celebration on December 7 at 4:30 and 7:00 p.m. Christmas Vespers is a longstanding and beloved School tradition that welcomes the coming of Christmas and the holiday season. Students, faculty, staff members, parents and local alumni enjoyed moments of reflection amid a candlelit setting, as they listened to scripture readings and traditional carols played and sung by the Blair Academy Chamber Orchestra and Singers.

As attendees entered the church, they were greeted by the sound of traditional carols, played by organist Alphons Gunther. Service readers, including Blair Trustee the Rev. David Harvey, Head of School Chris Fortunato, Nancy Beaujeu-Dufour ’19, Matthew Bottone ’19, Camille Clarin ’19, Bryson Garriques ’19, Tanner Humphrey ’19, Essie Pasternak ’19 and Nina Sigety ’19, recited meaningful verses that resonated the true meaning of Christmas. Between readings, musicians performed traditional pieces such as “Joy to the World” and “Carol of the Bells.” The service ended with a moving benediction to welcome the Christmas season.

To watch a video of the 4:30 p.m. Vespers service, click "play" below.

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