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Christmas Candlelight Marks 50th Anniversary
Christmas Candlelight

December 14, 2016

Nothing announces the holiday season and how our community comes together to celebrate than the annual Christmas Candlelight Service.

This year marked the 50th anniversary of the service, which was first held Dec. 15, 1966. The Rev. Scott Kershner, university chaplain, and the Department of Music honored the original format of lessons and carols.

"It's very exciting being part of such a beloved tradition at Susquehanna, knowing that's it's been going now for 50 years. The traditional songs and scripture readings of Christmas always have fresh meaning and relevance for our world, and it's a joyful thing to be part of that," says Rev. Kershner.

Professor Emeritus of Music Cyril Stretansky, conductor of the University Choir for 35 years, commemorated this historic occasion by conducting Gustav Holst's O God Beyond All Praising with the University Choir and alumni singers. The service featured numerous student musical ensembles, including the University Choir, University Chorale, Chamber Singers, Handbell Choir and Brass Ensemble.

And non-perishable food items were collected and donated to the Meals for Seals program, which provides food to students in the Selinsgrove School District.

What a great way to be filled with the holiday spirit!

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