Susquehanna University Hosts Annual Christmas Candlelight Service
Published on November 23, 2011
Susquehanna University’s Christmas Candlelight Service will be held Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m., with pre-service music beginning at 7:15 p.m., in the university’s Weber Chapel Auditorium. This year’s theme is “Mary’s Song, Mary’s Son.”
Members of the campus and Selinsgrove area communities gather each year to celebrate the service, which includes 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, with The Rev. Ted Keating, pastor of St. Pius X Church in Selinsgrove and spiritual adviser to Susquehanna's Catholic community, serving as assisting minister.
Music will be provided by the University Choir, Festival Chorus, Women’s Choir and University Chorale, under the direction of Rodney Caldwell, associate professor of music and director of choral activities, and Colin Armstrong, assistant professor of music; Marcos Krieger, assistant professor of music and university organist; a brass ensemble; and the Chapel Ringers.
Music selections include “Oh, Come, All Ye Faithful,” “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” “Angels We Have Heard on High” and “Silent Night, Holy Night.”
"Each year I look forward to this special night, in which members of the campus and surrounding communities come together to celebrate the birth of Christ in song and story, prayer and proclamation, candlelight and carols," said Radecke.
An expression of Susquehanna’s Lutheran affiliation and heritage, the service will be broadcast live by Susquehanna’s radio station, WQSU (88.9 FM).
Susquehanna will offer shuttle services to and from Weber Chapel and the far parking lots of campus that evening. Shuttles will run between 6:30 and 7:30 p.m., and again between 9:30 and 10 p.m. to Tudor parking lot, the admissions lot, the parking area near March, Ross and O’Connor halls, and the parking lot between Smith Hall and the James W. Garrett Sports Complex. Signage will direct people to the various parking lots and shuttle stops.
In addition, Weber Way will be designated as a one way that evening. People will only be able to enter Weber Way from University Avenue and will have to travel through the parking area between Weber Chapel and the Charles B. Degenstein Campus Center, exiting via 18th Street or the back of campus. This will allow public safety staff to maintain a smooth flow of traffic while assisting individuals with mobility issues who need to be dropped off close to the event venue.
Carriage rides from West Village and the James W. Garrett Sports Complex will be offered from 7 to 10 p.m. for individuals interested in attending Selinsgrove’s Late Shopper’s Night, which coincides annually with the Christmas Candlelight Service.
Karen M. Jones