63rd Christmas Candlelight Service

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Siloam Springs, Ark. (December 2, 2005) - Guests will soon take their seats to hear heavenly voices fill the Cathedral of the Ozarks, basking in the glow of the flickering candles at one of John Brown University's most beloved traditions.

The 63rd annual Candlelight Service at John Brown University will be held Dec. 8, 9 and 10. 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. Guests are encouraged to come early. All seats are available on a first come, first served basis.

This special Christmas tradition attracts thousands of visitors from northwest Arkansas and surrounding areas each year. The cathedral is adorned with festive décor and lighting to set a worshipful mood for the services.

The JBU Cathedral Choir under the direction of Paul Smith, associate professor of music, will present familiar Christmas melodies and other seasonal selections. Songs to be performed include “Beautiful Savior,” “I Wonder as I Wander,” “What Sweeter Music” and “O Magnum Mysterium.”

The University Women’s Chorus under the direction of Jeanette Hill, instructor of music, will perform “Infant Holy, Infant Lowly,” “The Coventry Carol” and "Il est ne."

In addition to the beautiful music, campus pastor Stan McKinnon will present a Christmas reflection during the service.

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 sixth by U.S. News & World Report in the Southern Region. JBU enrolls more than 1,900 students from 43 states and 40 countries. JBU is a member of Arkansas’ Independent Colleges and Universities and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.

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