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Susquehanna to Present Annual Christmas Candlelight Service

Published on November 15, 2013

Susquehanna University will offer its annual Christmas Candlelight Service at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3 in Weber Chapel Auditorium. This free, public service will also be broadcast live on the university radio station, WQSU (88.9 FM).

The service is one of Susquehanna’s most cherished traditions with more than 1,600 members of the campus and surrounding communities gathering in Weber Chapel each year to celebrate the Advent season. It is celebrated as part of the Susquehanna Traditions program, recognizing the shared experiences that connect generations of Susquehannans to each other and the university.

The service includes candle lighting and carols, as well as traditional readings, songs and prayers in celebration of the season. The Rev. Thomas W. Martin, interim university chaplain and associate professor of religion, will preside over the service, assisted by a faculty lector, three student deacons and a member of Catholic Campus Ministry. Susquehanna President L. Jay Lemons will continue the tradition of reading the Prologue to John’s Gospel.

Music is provided by the Festival Chorus, the University Choir, University Chorale and the Women’s Choir under the direction of Associate Professor of Music Julia Brasher Thorn. The Handbell Choir, Brass Quintet and university organist Marcos Krieger, assistant professor of music, will also perform.

Again this year, in keeping with Susquehanna University’s mission of service, the event will include a food drive to benefit local food pantries. Attendees are asked to bring a canned good, particularly canned fruits and vegetables, to the lobby.

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. Carriage rides from West Village residence halls and the James W. Garrett Sports Complex will be offered from 7–10 p.m. for individuals interested in attending Selinsgrove’s Late Shopper’s Night, which coincides with the Christmas Candlelight Service.

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