A junior boarding and day school for boys in grades six, seven, eight, and nine
The 91st Candlelighting was held in Gibbs Dining Hall on December 12th. The annual event is Eaglebrook’s oldest and most beloved traditions. The tradition is a time to bring light into the darkness and embrace the people around you.
Before dinner and the ceremony, the school gathered in the Assembly Area for the annual holiday concert. The string orchestra, band, jazz band, chorus, the Ad Libs, and few pianists performed. See photos from the concert here, and watch all performances here.
After the concert, students and faculty gathered for the always popular turkey dinner. Once dinner was finished, the language carolers entertained the crowd. The Latin singers performed, followed by the World Language singers, who performed in Chinese, Hebrew, French, and concluded with a rousing version of “Go Tell it on the Mountain." The Faculty singers then performed “Sleigh Bells” to close out the caroling portion of Candlelighting.
Once lights were turned down, Mr. Chase spoke about the tradition of Candlelighting. When he says the words, “As one light lights another, nor grows less, so nobleness enkindles nobleness,” everyone in the room begins singing “Adeste Fideles” and all Sixth Form students move to the front of the room to light their candles. As they make their way back to their tables to light the other students’ and faculty candles there, the dining hall begins to fill with a ray of light.
Watch the Candlelighting ceremony, and see photos from Candlelighting here.