December 02, 2015
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The jubilant and stirring sounds of DecemberSong mark the early days of Advent at Saint Anselm College and the holy Year of Mercy introduced by Pope Francis. Join us for a free performance on Saturday, December 5 in the Abbey Church at 7:30 p.m.
DecemberSong features music and readings celebrating Advent and Christmas. With Advent underway since November 29, this event continues the campus festivities that carry through Christmas Day.
The Saint Anselm Choir will repeat its traditional Hallelujah Chorus from Handel's Messiah, though much of the music will be new to guests, including a 16th century piece, a medieval chant juxtaposed with harmonies, and the Choir's debut in the Estonian language.
The 29th annual DecemberSong is the first for 24 Freshmen in the Saint Anselm Choir and for Brandon Ring, director of liturgical music. Fr. Bede Camera, O.S.B., retired from the position following the 2014 performance.
As explained by Abbot Matthew Leavy, OSB, the Year of Mercy is a "time to celebrate God's merciful comings into the world, the mercy of his abiding presence with us, the Lord's all-forgiving love, and that mercy that we a called to give to others, this year in new and deeper ways, in unaccustomed ways."
Early arrival to DecemberSong is recommended for convenience of parking and choice seating.