Chapel Carol-Sing Brings Out Students in Droves

. . . and a Parkyn in a pear tree

CHICAGO, IL (December 6, 2007) – On Wednesday, December 5, Rev. Robert Dvorak returned to the North Park campus to lead the annual carol-sing that takes place during chapel. Rev. Dvorak took his signature standing pose at the grand piano in Anderson Chapel and led a string of carols using his own brand of humor and inserting stories about selected songs. Year after year, the most-looked-forward-to musical number is always "The Twelve Days of Christmas", during which Dvorak sections out the chapel so each day is represented by a group of students, faculty, and staff. Over the many years the carol-sing has taken place – so many no one can pinpoint exactly when the tradition began – the balcony has become the place to be, as it gives those who get there early enough a chance to outdo the previous year’s "Five Golden Rings".

During a rousing rendition of "Good King Wenceslas," students Stina Peterson and Thomas Reece assisted Dvorak in re-telling the story of the king who goes out into the cold to give alms to the poor on St. Stephen's Day.

At the conclusion of the carol-sing the focus of the hour was shifted as students who will be spending their winter breaks taking part in mission trips were called up to the front of the chapel to be blessed as they go forward to do God's work among the less fortunate. View photos from the carol sing here.