61st Annual Christmas Candlelight Service
Siloam Springs, Ark (December 3, 2003) - “Silent night, holy night” echoes through the Cathedral of the Ozarks, sung by hundreds of voices in the glow of candles lifted high in the air. This is just one of the beautiful traditions celebrating Christmas that will take place at the 61st Annual Christmas Candlelight Service at John Brown University, Dec. 11, 12, and 13. Doors open for general seating at 6:30 p.m., and the 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. The Christmas Candlelight Service 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. During the service 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 I Saw Three Ships, arranged by Mack Wilberg, Veni, Veni, Emmanuel, from Emmanuel-God With Us by Robert H. Young, and Some Children See Him, by Alfred S. Burt sung by senior Amy Sterling with the Cathedral Choir men. The University Women’s Chorus, under the direction of Mrs. Jeanette Hill, instructor of music, will be singing This Little Babe from “A Ceremony of Carols” by Benjamin Britten, in addition to other selections. “This beautifully sacred service has become a community tradition for many over the years,” Paul Smith, director of the Cathedral Choir said. “Many faithfully travel each year to join us in celebrating the reason of Christmas. This is a wonderful family tradition and we invite all who are able to come and worship with us.” 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. John Brown University is a top-tier university, ranked 11th by U.S. News & World Report in the Southern Region. JBU is a private university with an enrollment of more than 1,800 students from 42 states and 45 countries. JBU is a member of Arkansas’ Independent Colleges and Universities and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.