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Alverno High School Annual Candlelight Celebration Remains a Christmas Tradition

Published on Thursday, December 18, 2014 | 1:27 pm

On Wednesday, December 17, Alverno High School hosted its annual Candlelight celebration at the Villa del Sol d’Oro on campus. Candlelight Celebration, an annual Christmas tradition at Alverno, celebrates the Christmas story through a live reenactment beginning with the Annunciation and concluding with the Birth of Christ.

Upon arriving on campus, guests were be provided with a candle and led to south side of the Villa where the procession began with an introduction by the President and Vice-President of the Alverno Student Union and a tableau depicting the Annunciation of Mary. Guests were then led around the Villa making several stops on their own journey to “Bethlehem” including seeing Mary visit Elizabeth, the first stop at the Inn in Bethlehem, the arrival of Mary and Joseph at the stable, the birth of Jesus, and the visit from the shepherds and wise men. Each stop signified an important part of the Christmas story and guests were invited to join in Christmas carols led by the Alverno choir at each stop.

Once guests had reached “Bethlehem” on the north side of the Villa, they enjoyed two dance performances Alverno’s dance students before being invited into the Villa for a final choral performance by both students and alumnae. A festive reception in the Villa followed the procession and performances.

“Candlelight is a time-honored tradition at Alverno that brings our entire community together,” said Julia V. Fanara, Head of School. “It is a wonderful way to commence the Christmas season and remind us of the true meaning of the holiday. This event is an opportunity for Alverno to wish all of our friends, family, and community members a wonderful Christmas season.”

About Alverno High School

Alverno High School is a Catholic, private, college preparatory school for young women dedicated to preparing them to function in a society as informed, knowledgeable persons, who have the requisite skills to make and implement mature decisions about complex problems. Enlivened by the spirit of its Immaculate Heart Community sponsors, and mindful of the Franciscan roots of its founders, Alverno’s program—academic, spiritual, aesthetic, social, and physical—is shaped by the staff, trustees, and students in light of the world for which the students are being educated.

Alverno’s mission is to empower each young woman to be exactly the person she wants to be and since 1960, Alverno has empowered more than 4,200 women to meet that goal. For more information about Alverno High School, please call (626) 355-3463 or visit


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