St. Anne's-Belfield School celebrated one of its beloved traditions on Dec. 14, the annual Festival of Lessons & Carols. Based on the traditional Kings College, Cambridge service, the event offers the community a chance to spend time together before the official start of Winter Break.
This year's Lessons & Carols featured Upper School Counselor Sophie Speidel offering the Bidding Prayer followed by nine holiday lessons read by students. Gincy King represented the second grade, and was followed by Siyah Jaitly (third grade), Cassia de Vink (fourth grade), Cabria Feggans (sixth grade), Alex Brown (seventh grade), Carter Vaughan (eighth grade), Brehanu Bugg (ninth grade), Thomas Byrne (eleventh grade), and Casey Gartland (twelfth grade). Mr. Robert Clark, director of religious life, offered the Benediction.
A variety of School musical groups were featured throughout the event, including the Philharmonic Orchestra (Greensleaves and Sixfrydol); the Fourth Grade Choir (The Holly and the Ivy), Saintly Voices (Selection from Midnight of Your Birth), and the Upper School Concert Choir (Christ the Appletree).
Following the festival, the School's Legacy families, or those in which students of alumni now attend the School, gathered for their traditional photos. These photographs will be available following the Winter Break. The School also live-streamed the event for family members and alumni around the world who were unable to attend in person.
Photographs from this year's Lessons & Carols are now available on the School SmugMug account.