Candle Lighting Service 2020

December 21, 2020

On the Winter Solstice, December 21, 2020 we gathered virtually for our most important annual tradition, the Candle Lighting Service. For the first time in 28 years, we were not able to be together in person at the Cemetery. Instead, we gathered online to bring light and love into the darkness.

This Service is for those with loved ones remembered at Mount Auburn and anyone who is seeking a shared community experience to remember and reflect. You can re-watch the livestream event on this page.

This event was created and produced by Mount Auburn Cemetery with MASARY Studios. Production Support by AVFX.

Program Notes

Welcome / Opening Remarks – Bree Harvey

Moment 1
The Swan by Camille Saint-Saens
Rob Bethel, Cello

Speaker – Dr. Dorian Mintzer

Moment 2
Bist Du Bei Mir by J.S. Bach
Arioso by J.S. Bach

String Trio
Brian Clague, Violin
Rob Bethel, Cello
Eve Boltax, Viola

Speaker – Reverend Stephen Kendrick

Memorial Projection on Bigelow Chapel
Flower Duet by Léo Delibes
Double Violin Concerto Mvt. 2 by J.S. Bach
Ständchen by Heinz Zednik
String Trio

Moment of Silence

Ringing of the Bell

We Remember Them – Recited by Dr. Dorian Mintzer

Candle Remembrance in the Asa Gray Garden
Ave Verum Corpus by W.A. Mozart
Song of the Birds by Pablo Casals
Bist Du Bei Mir by J.S. Bach
The Children’s Prayer by P. Tchaikovsky
Ständchen by Heinz Zednik
Double Violin Concerto Mvt. 2 by J.S. Bach
String Trio

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