JBU Presents 60th Annual Christmas Candlelight Service

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Siloam Springs, Ark (December 2, 2002) - “Gloria in Excelsis Deo” will be just one of the many selections celebrating Christmas in song at JBU’s 60th annual Christmas Candlelight Service Dec. 12, 13 and 14. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for general seating, and guests will be greeted by a traditional organ and brass prelude at 7:00 p.m. The services begin at 7:30 p.m. and are 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 Christmas Candlelight Service, often described as “JBU’s Christmas gift to northwest Arkansas,” attracts thousands of visitors each year from northwest Arkansas and the surrounding states. Each year the beautifully decorated cathedral is filled to capacity. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis, and early arrival is suggested. During the service, university choirs will perform familiar Christmas melodies and other Christmas selections, such as “Glory, Glory, Glory to the Newborn King” and a traditional Spanish folksong. The lighting of the candles will be accompanied by the traditional acappella singing of “Silent Night.” The musical program will be interspersed with scripture readings and Christmas reflections. The Cathedral Choir will perform under the direction of Mr. Paul Smith, associate professor of music. The JBU Women’s Chorus, under the direction of Mrs. Nancy Netherton, will also perform in the candlelight program "With the commercialization of Christmas that seems to be ever present, our Candlelight Service fills a void that people may have at Christmastime,” Paul Smith said. “The Candlelight Service is so important for many people because it brings them back, once again, to the true celebration of what Christmas is all about."

In order to preserve the worshipful atmosphere of the Candlelight Services, guests are respectfully requested to consider not bringing young children to this particular program. John Brown University is a private university with an enrollment of more than 1,700 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.

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