A Time of Joy: Annual Belmont Christmas Devotional
On December 16 students gathered in the sanctuary for our annual Christmas Devotional along with parents, teachers, and guests. This event is one of the highlights of the year.
After the opening remarks from our Head of School Jared Carman, everyone present sang “Angels We Have Heard on High.” The Belmont Bell Choir then performed “Personent Hodie” arr. by Michael Joy and “An English Christmas” arr. by Michael Helman. Two of our high school students (pictured below) next performed a beautiful duet, followed by a skilled piano solo by one of our middle school students. All middle and high schoolers sang “Carol of the Kings,” “Nutcracker Jingles,” and “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.” The hymn “Joy to the World” was finally sung by everyone present, culminating in a prayer to end the event. We not only have excellent academics and a classical curriculum at Belmont, but also an atmosphere of joy and prayer present on our campus, especially at this time of year.
Many guests were amazed at how beautiful Belmont students can sing, since it was not just some of a select group of upper school students who sang but rather all of them. Here at Belmont, we believe that music is a universal language of great power. Mathematical at its base, music not only develops the mental abilities of students but also enriches their souls. As we train their voices as a primary instrument and sing hymns with them daily, our students learn to love music.
Special thanks to the directors, Mrs. Clawson and Mrs. Boynton, as well as to Mrs. Burns and Mrs. Browns, the accompanists.
By Darrell Falconburg
Western Heritage and Logic Teacher