Susquehanna University to Host Annual Christmas Candlelight Service
Published on November 26, 2012
Susquehanna University will hold its annual Christmas Candlelight Service Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m. in Weber Chapel Auditorium. This year, the theme is “And Heaven and Nature Sing.”
Each year, Susquehanna students, faculty and staff members join with the Selinsgrove community to celebrate the Christmas holiday with traditional readings and candle lighting. During the candle lighting ceremony, University President L. Jay Lemons will read the prologue to John’s Gospel, an annual tradition.
The University Choir, University Chorale, Festival Chorus and Chamber Singers will provide traditional music and carols under the supervision of Associate Professor of Music Julia Thorn and Assistant Professor of Music Colin Armstrong. Additionally, Marcos Krieger, assistant professor of music and university organist, will provide musical leadership alongside the university’s Brass Ensemble and Handbell Choir.
The Rev. Mark Wm. Radecke, university chaplain, will preside over the service, with Dan Powell, pastor of Selinsgrove’s Saint Pius X Church, serving as assistant minister.
“Since its founding, Susquehanna University has been and continues to be affiliated with the Lutheran church,” Radecke said. “The rich tradition of the Christmas Candlelight Service is one way the university celebrates that heritage and ongoing relationship. I consider it a privilege to serve as steward of that tradition. Candlelight, carols, and choral and instrumental music combine with readings, proclamation and prayer to create a night of worshipful beauty.”
The candlelight service will be broadcast live by the university radio station, WQSU (88.9 FM).
Susquehanna will offer shuttle services to and from Weber Chapel and designated parking lots on campus that evening. Signage will direct people to parking lots and shuttle stops. In addition, Weber Way will be designated as a one-way street for the evening, with traffic flowing from University Avenue, on the east side of the chapel, through the parking area between Weber Chapel and the Charles B. Degenstein Campus Center, and exiting via 18th Street or the back of campus.
Carriage rides from West Village residence halls 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 with the Christmas Candlelight Service.
Karen M. Jones