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Annual Candlelight Services to be held Dec. 4 in Lois Perkins Chapel

Southwestern University will hold two Candlelight Services for the Season of Advent at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, in the Lois Perkins Chapel. The services are free and open to the public.

The services, which are a Southwestern and Georgetown tradition, are adapted from “An Advent Service of Lessons and Carols” in The United Methodist Church Book of Worship, and are based on one developed in 1934 for the chapel of King’s College, Cambridge. The Season of Advent, which begins the Christian year, is the four weeks prior to the celebration of Christmas and marks the season of anticipation and preparation.

Liturgists for the services will Ronald Swain, senior advisor to the president; Aaron Rohre, acting director of Religious Life; and Eric McKinney, interim University Chaplain.

Kenny Sheppard, professor of music, will conduct the Southwestern University chorale. Pam Rossman, instructor of music, chapel organist and music coordinator, will be the organist. Michelle Perrin, a senior music major, will conduct the Southwestern University orchestra.

Following the 6 p.m. service, Southwestern’s dining service will be available until 8 p.m. in the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Commons of the McCombs Campus Center. The cost is $8.75 for adults and $4.50 for children 10 and under. There will also be a coffee reception provided by the Greater Georgetown Association of Southwestern University Alumni in the Rockwell Rotunda on the first floor of the Campus Center.

Following the 7:30 p.m. service, there will be a holiday reception for the public in the Bishops Lounge of the Campus Center.