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Lights, Lessons, Music as DePauw Holiday Tradition Continues Wednesday

Lights, Lessons, Music as DePauw Holiday Tradition Continues Wednesday

November 30, 2001

November 30, 2001, Greencastle, Ind. - A longstanding DePauw University tradition continues Wednesday, December 5, 2001, as the campus and Greencastle communities come together for an annual celebration of Christmas, known as "The Festival of Lights and the Service of Lesson and Carols." The event is sponsored by the Religious Life Center and the Hartman Center for Civic Education and all are welcome to attend.

The festivities will begin after dark, when Bonner Scholars will line the sidewalks and streets of campus with thousands of luminaria, which have been donated by local business and DePauw fraternities and sororities. As the photo accompanying this story indicates, the result is quite beautiful.

At 7:30 p.m. in Meharry Hall of historic East College, a worship service led by Wes Allen, dean of the chapel, will include a series of prophetic texts and Gospel readings that focus on the story of the Nativity of Christ. Readings will be presented by local clergy, faculty, staff and students representing the Catholic Students Association, DePauw Christian Fellowship, DePauw Gospel Choir, Hartman Center Interns, the Luminaria Committee, Sojourners, and Word & Table.

Each lesson will be followed by a carol. Music will be provided by the DePauw Brass Ensemble and Carla Edwards, University Organist; the DePauw Choir and the DePauw Women's Choir, conducted by Dr. Stanley Irwin; and the DePauw Gospel Choir, directed by Kyana Hardy and Nathan Richardson.

The service, which is guaranteed to generate a sense of holiday goodwill, is free and open to the public. Attendees are invited to bring food items that will be collected at the door and contributed to the A-Way Home Shelter.