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Candlelight makes Christmas Eve service shine at Sharon

At the conclusion of Christmas Eve services Wednesday at Sharon Lutheran Church the lights were dimmed and slowly replaced by the light of hundreds of candles as parishioners sang the traditional

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At the conclusion of Christmas Eve services Wednesday at Sharon Lutheran Church the lights were dimmed and slowly replaced by the light of hundreds of candles as parishioners sang the traditional hymn "Silent Night". (Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald)
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At the conclusion of Christmas Eve services Wednesday at Sharon Lutheran Church the lights were dimmed and slowly replaced by the light of hundreds of candles as parishioners sang the traditional hymn "Silent Night". 

Six separate services were held, with a 1 p.m. candlelight service and concluding with an 11 p.m. Services included contemporary music, traditional hymns and communion. A Christmas Day service will begin at 10:30 a.m. at Sharon Lutheran.

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Six separate services were held, with a 1 p.m. candlelight service and concluding with an 11 p.m. Services included contemporary music, traditional hymns and communion. (Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald)

Eric Hylden has been a photographer at the Grand Forks Herald since 1986.

He is a North Dakota State University alumnus and grew up on a dairy farm near Park River, ND.

Hylden started his career as a part-time photographer at the Grand Forks Herald in 1984 and is a former president of the Dakota Press Photographer's Association.

You can reach him at ehylden@gfherald.com or at 701.780.1115.
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