62nd Annual JBU Candlelight Service
Siloam Springs, Ark. (November 19, 2004) — “Silent night, holy night” echoes through the Cathedral of the Ozarks, sung by hundreds of voices in the warm glow of candles lifted high in the air. This is just one of the beautiful traditions celebrating Christmas that will take place at the 62nd Annual Christmas Candlelight Service at John Brown University, Dec. 9, 10, and 11. Doors open for general seating at 6:30 p.m., and guests will be welcomed with an instrumental prelude at 7:00 p.m. Services will begin promptly at 7:30 p.m. All services will be held in the Cathedral of the Ozarks on the JBU campus and are free and open to the public. This Christmas tradition attracts thousands of visitors each year from northwest Arkansas and surrounding areas. The cathedral is adorned with festive décor for the services. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis, and early arrival is encouraged. The JBU Cathedral Choir, under the direction of Mr. Paul Smith, associate professor of music, will present familiar Christmas melodies and other Christmas selections. Songs to be performed include “Angels We Have Heard on High,” “Bell Carol,” “Go Tell it on the Mountain,” “Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming,” and “Beautiful Savior.” “The Candlelight service provides a unique way to celebrate Christ's birth,” Paul Smith said. "Through the years, Candlelight has become a tradition for John Brown University and the surrounding community. We invite all who are able to come and worship with us.” A chamber choir composed of members of the Cathedral Choir directed by senior Jon Sauceda will be singing “O Shepherds Leave Your Flocks” by Edwin Fissinger. Dr. Linda Beckman, professor of music at JBU, will be playing her arrangement of “Still, Still, Still,” that she has written of a traditional Austrian Carol. In addition, the University Chorus, under the direction of Mrs. Jeanette Hill, instructor of music, will sing two songs with the women of the Cathedral Choir: “Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day” and “Still, Still Night.” The event speaker will be Chip Pollard, president of JBU will deliver his homily, “A Light for Revelation.” “The Candlelight Service is one of JBU’s most revered traditions and a distinct gift to the community,” Pollard said. “It is an honor to participate in the program with our very talented Cathedral Choir. I am sure that it will be a highlight of the Christmas season for all who attend.” In order to preserve the worshipful atmosphere of the Candlelight Services, guests are respectfully requested to consider not bringing young children to this program. We also ask that guests refrain from flash photography. For more information, please call the JBU music office at (479) 524-7154. John Brown University is a private Christian university, ranked eighth by U.S. News & World Report in the Southern Region. JBU enrolls more than 1,900 students from 43 states and 39 countries. JBU is a member of Arkansas’ Independent Colleges and Universities and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.