Christmas celebrated at upcoming Coe College events

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
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2013-11-20 10:36:19 - General

The Coe College Handbell Ensemble will perform at the annual Christmas Convocation and Christmas Vespers on Tuesday, Dec. 3.

Christmas will be celebrated at Coe College's annual Christmas Convocation and Christmas Vespers on Tuesday, Dec. 3. The Christmas Convocation will begin at 11 a.m., with a repeat program held as Christmas Vespers at 7:30 p.m., both in Sinclair Auditorium. The celebrations are free and open to the public, with a special reception featuring hot cider and frosted holiday cookies following each service.

The candlelight services follow the grand British Lessons and Carols tradition and are patterned after that of King's College Chapel, Cambridge, England. In the services, hymns and carols are used in place of psalms and canticles. Through the message of the scriptures and verses of the carols and anthems, participants are given a beautiful perspective on the meaning of the Christmas season.

Both programs will include the story of Jesus' birth presented in lessons read by Coe College Chaplain Kristin Hutson, as well as students, faculty and staff members. In their inaugural Coe Christmas programs, Coe President David McInally and his wife, Janice, will read at both services.

Traditional anthems will be performed by the Coe College Chorale, directed by Cameron Sullenberger. In addition, music will be provided by the Coe College Concert Choir under the direction of Marc Falk and the Coe College Handbell Ensemble, directed by Brett Wolgast. Many Coe students will be featured with vocal and instrumental solos. Audience members will be invited to join in singing several of the Christmas hymns and carols, including the traditional favorites "Come Thou Long Expected Jesus," "Hark the Herald Angels Sing," "Joy to the World" and "Silent Night."

At the services, donations will be received to benefit disaster relief in the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan.

The Coe College Music Department and Office of the Chaplain are co-sponsoring the services. For more information, please call 399-8581.