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105th Annual Christmas Carol Service

By Madeline R. Lear
On Monday, Dec. 15, the Harvard University Choir held Harvard's 105th Annual Christmas Carol Service in Memorial Church. Attendees of all ages gathered in the pews, crowded in the aisles, and stood at the back of the church as the choir alternated between carols, hymns, and psalms read by community members. According to the event program, attendees were invited to join the choir in singing "Silent Night" to commemorate the centenary of the Christmas Truce of 1914, when British and German soldiers fighting in World War I temporarily halted attacks in acknowledgement of the holiday. As the choir readied to begin the song, some attendees closed their eyes, others looked straight ahead, but all were silent.

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