November 22, 2017

Join the Susquehanna University community for our annual Christmas Candlelight Service on Dec. 5, beginning at 7:30 p.m., in Weber Chapel Auditorium. The service coincides with Selinsgrove’s Late Shoppers night, and is free and open to the public.

Since its inception in 1966, the annual Christmas Candlelight Service is one of Susquehanna’s most cherished traditions, as more than 1,500 members of the university and surrounding communities gather in Weber Chapel.

The Rev. Scott Kershner, university chaplain, will preside over the service and deliver the message, assisted by the Rev. Turkura Michael, pastor of St. Pius X Church in Selinsgrove and spiritual adviser to Susquehanna’s Catholic community.

The service will also feature numerous student ensembles from the Department of Music, including the University Choir, University Chorale, Chamber Singers, Handbell Choir and Brass Ensemble.

88.9 WQSU the Pulse will broadcast the service live and will re-air the event on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

In the spirit of the season, attendees are encouraged to donate a kid-friendly food item that does not require a can opener or scissors to open and does not need to be refrigerated. Examples include instant oatmeal, small boxes of cereal, granola bars, beef sticks, easy mac and cheese, mini bottled water, juice boxes and canned beef ravioli, tuna, chicken or franks and beans. All donations will go to the local Meals for Seals program.

The Christmas Candlelight Service coincides with Selinsgrove’s Late Shoppers Night. More than 20 downtown business will be open until 11 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Selinsgrove Chamber of Commerce and will feature carriage rides, strolling carolers, roasted chestnuts and hot cider.