Friday, December 14, 2012

Christmas Light Service: Students can take a break for the Christmas story

By Laura Beyer
Cardinal Staff

The Christmas Light Service on Dec. 13 at 9 p.m. will feature a retelling of the Christmas story through words and song to celebrate the birth of Christ.  

The singing of Christmas carols, dancing, playing of handbells and praying is a non-denominational way to celebrate Christmas as a community, said SMU Theology Professor Laurie Ziliak.

Ziliak, who oversees the event, said that a lot of preparation went into the service as choirs, actors, dancers, readers and music makers all had to learn their parts as well as know where they fit in during the event. Ziliak is excited to see the final product after all their hard work.  She said that the Christmas Light Service is usually “one of the fuller liturgies” SMU has. 

Freshman Cassie Ricker will be singing and playing the piano with sophomore Lauren Salonek.  After weekly practices and several rehearsals, Ricker said that she is excited for the service in order to showcase all of the musical talent that everyone has.  “I am excited to see how everything comes together,” Ricker said.  

The service will end with a procession to the Nativity Scene where the trees behind it will be lit. 

Afterwards students are encouraged to attend the pre-finals breakfast. All students can take advantage of this opportunity for a study break. “It’s a great to relax and finish off the semester together,” said Ziliak.  

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