Susquehanna University Hosts Annual Christmas Candlelight Service
Published on November 23, 2010
SELINSGROVE—Susquehanna University’s annual Christmas Candlelight Service will be held Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m., with pre-service music beginning at 7:15 p.m., in the university’s Weber Chapel Auditorium. The theme of this year's service is “Love Has Come.”
Open to the public, the Christmas Candlelight Service is one of Susquehanna's most cherished traditions, as more than 1,600 members of Susquehanna University and surrounding communities are expected to gather in the chapel. The service will include candle lighting and carols, as well as traditional readings, songs and prayers in celebration of the season. The Rev. Mark Wm. Radecke, university chaplain, will serve as the presiding minister.
Music will be provided by the University Choir under the direction of Rodney Caldwell, associate professor of music and director of choral activities; the University Chorale, directed by Colin Armstrong, assistant professor of music; Marcos Krieger, assistant professor of music and university organist; a brass ensemble; and the SU Handbell Choir.
Musical selections will include, among others, “And There Were Shepherds,” “Lux Aurumque,” “Thou Shalt Know Him,” “On This Day Earth Shall Ring” and “Of the Father’s Love Begotten.”
Radecke said the service is the centerpiece of a wonderful evening that also features carriage rides from campus to downtown and late-night shopping at Selinsgrove merchants. “Exquisite music magnificently performed and sung, a quiet time of meditation in the midst of a busy academic period, a room aglow with more than 1,700 candles, beloved carols sung and favorite scriptures read all combine to make this a truly memorable and worshipful experience for all in attendance,” he said.
The service will also be broadcast live by Susquehanna’s radio station, WQSU (88.9 FM).
Karen M. Jones