Community gathers to celebrate 94th Carol Services at TCS

“Once in royal David’s City stood a lowly cattle shed,/Where a mother laid her baby in a manger for his bed./Mary was that mother mild, Jesus Christ, her little child.”

With the words of the hymn, Once in Royal David’s City, began the 94th Carol Services at Trinity College School. Held on December 14th and 15th in the Memorial Chapel, the service of Nine Lessons and Carols for Christmas was led by TCS Chaplain, Canon Don Aitchison, and featured the Johnson Ringers and Chapel Choir under the direction of Mr. Randy Mills.

Each year the school community unites to celebrate the message of peace and love that are at the heart of Christmas. Saturday’s service was for boarding families, while Junior and Senior School day families were invited to Sunday’s service – both events were open to the broader community of staff, alumni, family and friends. We were pleased to have guests from nearby St. Mark’s Church, which has a long history of connection to TCS.

The services included hymns and readings that tell the story of Christ’s birth, from its foretelling in Isaiah to St. John’s explanation of the mystery of the Incarnation. A highlight of the occasion follows the ninth lesson, when the lights are dimmed and the congregation sings the final hymns by candlelight. Readers for the nine lessons were: Agnes Grabcova, Connor Demrovsky, Ross Miller, Josh Paddock, Nita Das, Alastair Gray, Aidan Wylie, Raphaella Bergeron Hartman, Evelyn Maguire, Jack Vahramian, Jayden Lefebvre, Ebube Onyeka, Sarah Bailey, Natasha Pinto and Ethan Davis, as well as Headmaster Stuart Grainger. Special thanks go to Ms. Pam Dew, who coached our student readers.

The Johnson Ringers and Chapel Choir performed beautifully throughout the services, with the following performing solo or small group sections: Stella Chen, Michelle Fan, Roselle Torres, Jayden Lefebvre, Acassia Arnaud, Zoe Fingas, Summer Xia, Tiffany Pan, Loretta Wu, Nita Das and Canon Don Aitchison. Chapel Choir alumni Gaetano Di Pietro ’14 and Spencer Main ’14 donned choir gowns on Sunday afternoon and jumped back into their old pew.

The chapel was beautifully decorated for the season by the volunteers of the TCS Parents’ Guild in partnership with the TCS property department, and the space was filled with poinsettias donated by the school community. Collection was taken in support of the Pat Moss Society’s service programs. Following both services, guests enjoyed festive dinners with all the trimmings, prepared by the School’s culinary services staff in Osler Hall.