WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - Lycoming College will hold its 36th annual Candlelight Service of lessons and carols Sunday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m. in Clarke Chapel. Doors will open at 6 p.m. with a musical prelude beginning at 6:30 p.m. The event, hosted by the United Campus Ministries, is free and open to the public.
The service is a popular College tradition during the Advent season. The lessons will be led by Lycoming students, faculty and staff. The service will include performances by the College's woodwind and brass ensembles, choir and chamber choir.
The College's first Christmas service was organized in 1975 by Father John Tamalis, Catholic chaplain, to celebrate the Christmas season with the students of Lycoming through a traditional Catholic Mass.
In future years, with the help of Jack Buckle, former dean of students, Tamalis decided to develop the Catholic celebration into an ecumenical service that would be enjoyed by the entire College. They included all faith traditions so the season could be observed in a prayerful way, transforming the Candlelight Service into a festival of lessons and carols.
Founded in 1812 and celebrating its bicentennial during the 2011-12 academic year, Lycoming College is a national liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. It offers 35 academic majors and is recognized as a Tier 1 institution by U.S. News and World Report. Located near the banks of the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, Pa., Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation.