Southern Highlander, 1963 December, Volume 50, Issue 5

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The Berry Carol Service
A solemn voice rings through the dark At Christmas time each year-- Isaiah's well-known prophecy, Inimitably clear.
A soft soprano voice repeats Luke's words of joy on earth, As from the silence softly swell Songs of the Savior's birth.
The sacred manger scenes appear With shepherds standing by, With wise men offering their gifts, With angels in the sky.
The organ bursts forth with a hymn, Harmonious, sublime. A pause--a silent prayer until The church bell starts to chime.
Glad tidings ring forth once again And hopefully proclaim Goodwill and peace to all mankind In His most Holy Name.

Mrs. Evelyn Hoge Pendley, author of "The Berry Carol Service" and other collec tions of published poems, was graduated from Berry, and after further studies and teaching over a period of 21 years came to the Berry College campus in 1959 as assistant professor of English. Her father, E. H. Hoge, was comptroller at Berry from 1910 to 1953, and Mrs. Pendley spent her childhood on the campus.

THE BERRY SCHOOLS BOARD OF TRUSTEES

WILLIAM MC CHESNEY MARTIN, JR.chairman

WILLIAM R. BOWDOIN

.vice chairman

HARMON W. CALDWELL RICHARD EDGERTON INEZ HENRY A. W. LEDBETTER JOHN MADDOX JOHN A. SIBLEY JOHN C. WARR R. W. WOODRUFF

VIRGINIA CAMPBELL COURTS JOHNSON HEAD
HOWELL HOLLIS NELSON MACY, JR. ARTHUR N. MORRIS
HAL SMITH G. L. WESTCOTT

THE BERRY SCHOOLS BULLETIN



December 1963



Vol. 50 No. 5

The Berry Schools Bulletin is published five times yearly--in March, April, June, September and December--by The Berry Schools, Mount Berry, Georgia. Second-class postage paid at Mount Berry, Georgia. This publication was printed by students at the Berry Printing Services.

THE COVER is graced by a close-up of an archway at the Ford Buildings on the

Berry College campus.

Photograph hy Robert McCullough

The Ineffable Mystery
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Newspapers, magazines, radio and tele vision tend to declare on all sides, every moment of the day, over and over again, that man is a creature of frailty, of cruelty and lust, and, in the end, of small conse quence. And much of the time we as men tend to agree--to accept a low estimate of ourselves and, thus, to live out many of our days half-heartedly and "half-headedly."
Yet, lo, once a year, Ineffable Mystery whispers and tugs at us, and, in wonder and awe, we are apt to stop and listen until finally, in the deeper recesses of our souls, we hear a voice which says, "Glory to God in the highest! Peace on earth to men of goodwill.'' Then--"Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect!" And--"Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do."
The reality of The Ineffable! What more than the contemplation of Jesus' life could make rut-ridden creatures in an age of skepticism feel this reality so surely? Who but Jesus could make us both dis satisfied with ourselves and intensely aware that His "Follow Me" meant that we all are, after all, children of the Living God and, there fore, brothers one to another. What but this supreme example of commitment to Divine Will could make us even once a year forget ourselves and the evil that men do--for thoughtful moments of reevaluation . . . for joyful moments of giving and trying to make glad the hearts of all about us . . . for tender, compassionate, worshipful, forgiving moments. What but His ideals ably articulated, zealously worked for and bravely died for could stun us Americans out of leth argy and into a national experience "too deep for tears"? "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends"-- in this or any other age!
May the Spirit of Christmas and the New Year be with us this year in a more enduring way than ever before, and may the majestic strength of true goodness so impress our hearts and minds that, as we bring our gifts to the altar, we will "first [of all] be reconciled to [our] brother, then come to offer [our] gift."
President

Dear Friends,

Above the noise of battle cries, the confusion among nations and individ uals, the age-old and ever-new Christ mas message sounds forth once more. Friends everywhere pause to echo that message in thought, in prayer, in poe try, in song and in deed.

Recently, passing the Frost Memorial Chapel which crowns one of the high est hills on our campus at the Mount Berry School for Boys, a scene was observed which brought vividly to mind scenes of that Christmas two thousand years ago.
The Berry sheep grazed peacefully on the green sloping lawn in front of the stone chapel. Nearby was the stu dent shepherd. In one direction were hill slopes with evidence of the tilled soil; and, although modern methods of farming were in evidence here, the image was that of the Judean hills. In another direction, amid a beautiful landscape of fall coloring, were build ings of an academic nature--the li brary, the recitation hall, the dormi tories--indicating progress in educa tion and ways of life at Berry.
Suddenly, the chimes from the beau tiful chapel pealed out over the hills and valley, "Hark The Herald Angels Sing." Thus, here in this atmosphere of beauty, work, study and worship was the perfect example of the need

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in our modern-day world for young and old to be reminded, stirred and inspired by the Christmas spirit.
So, we greet you in His Name and wish for you and your dear ones the confidence that comes from Hope, the assurance that comes from Faith, the joy that comes from Love and the blessing that comes from Peace.
Thank you for all that your giving and sharing of talents, time, material goods, friendship and prayers mean to us at Berry. May God bless you abun dantly at Christmas and in the New Year.
Faithfully yours,
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Assistant Vice President

Enclosed is my contribution of $_ for the continuing program of Berry College and Mount Berry School for Boys.
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