JBU Presents 59th Annual Christmas Candlelight Service

Siloam Springs, Ark (November 12, 2001) - “Ding Dong! Merrily on High” will be just one of the many selections celebrating Christmas in song at JBU’s 59th annual Candlelight Service December Dec. 6, 7 and 8. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for general seating, and the service begins at 7:30 p.m. The service is held in the Cathedral of the Ozarks, on the campus of John Brown University. All three services are free and open to the public.

The service, described as “JBU’s Christmas Card to Northwest Arkansas,” attracts hundreds of visitors from surrounding states. Each year the beautifully decorated sanctuary is filled to capacity. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis, and early arrival is suggested.

Guests are greeted by a traditional organ and brass prelude at 7:00 p.m. During the service, University choirs will perform familiar Christmas melodies such as “Jesus, I Adore Thee,” as well as traditional African, French and Highland carols. The Cathedral Choir and the newly formed Cathedral Chamber Choir are under the direction of Mr. Paul Smith, associate professor of music. Ms. Nancy Netherton will lead the University Women’s Chorus.

The musical program will be interspersed with scripture readings and Christmas reflections. Smith says, “I pray that the Candlelight Service will provide a time of reflection and refreshment to all our spirits.” In order to preserve the worshipful atmosphere of the Candlelight Services, guests are requested to consider not bringing small children to this particular program. No flash photography will be allowed.

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