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Letter: A Holiday Memory

As a choir member of the Church of St. Rocco in Glen Cove for almost 20 years, I have fond memories of some very special and meaningful times in my parish in years past, especially during the Christmas season.

One of the special ways the Church of St. Rocco celebrated Christmas for quite a number of years was through Christmas concerts that were performed by the church choir the first weekend of December. Everyone knew that the first Sunday in December was to be set aside to spend the afternoon in our magnificent church. My fellow choir members had spent many hours for almost four months preparing themselves to entertain the parishioners and the community with the beautiful hymns of the season. These dedicated ladies and gentlemen had a true love for music and their church. They willingly and selflessly gave of their time and were happy and proud to proclaim in song the joy of Christ’s birth. I still get goose bumps when I think about their voices singing out together, “Joy to the World, the Savior reigns” and “This, this is Christ the King!” 

It was a wonderful time shared by all. I am so very proud to have been a part of such a special group of folks. I will keep the memories of our times together and those wonderful Christmas concerts close to my heart always.       

- Maryann Ward