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    Wednesday, August 10, 2022

    Coast Guard cadets prepare for Christmas with traditional service

    The Cadet Glee Club processes in singing "We Are Singing, For The Lord Is Our Light" to open the traditional Service of Lessons and Carols on Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021, at Cadet Memorial Chapel on the grounds of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

    New London — The traditional Service of Lessons and Carols returned to Cadet Memorial Chapel at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Wednesday evening after skipping last year due to coronavirus precautions.

    Members of the academy community, including cadets, family, staff members and leaders gathered for the service that tells the story of Christmas through scripture readings and song.

    The Cadet Glee Club, under the direction of 2nd class Cadet Turner Linafelter, led the congregation through many of the traditional carols. Guest musicians, as well as the Cadet String Quartet, and 4th class Cadet Mattie Griswold on piano, provided additional music.

    Following the service, attendees proceeded outside where 4th class Cadet Daniel Fredericks flipped the switch to light the academy Christmas tree.

    Attendees at the traditional Service of Lessons and Carols join in singing "Hark, the Herald Angels Sing" on Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021, at Cadet Memorial Chapel on the grounds of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
    Cadet 4th class Mattie Griswold plays the prelude music to the traditional Service of Lessons and Carols on Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021, at Cadet Memorial Chapel on the grounds of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
    Cadet 2nd class Turner Linafelter conducts the Cadet Glee Club during the traditional Service of Lessons and Carols on Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021, at Cadet Memorial Chapel on the grounds of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
    Cadet 2nd class Kendal Woods reads the fifth lesson from the Gospel of Saint Luke during the traditional Service of Lessons and Carols on Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021, at Cadet Memorial Chapel on the grounds of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
    Attendees sing "Silent Night" during the traditional Service of Lessons and Carols on Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021, at Cadet Memorial Chapel on the grounds of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
    Cadet 2nd class Turner Linafelter conducts the Cadet Glee Club singing "Silent Night" during the traditional Service of Lessons and Carols on Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021, at Cadet Memorial Chapel on the grounds of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
    The Cadet Glee Club sings "Silent Night" during the traditional Service of Lessons and Carols on Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021, at Cadet Memorial Chapel on the grounds of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
    Cadet 2nd class Turner Linafelter conducts the Cadet Glee Club singing "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" during the lighting of the academy Christmas tree following the traditional Service of Lessons and Carols on Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021, at Cadet Memorial Chapel on the grounds of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

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