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Lycoming College will hold its 37th annual Candlelight Service of lessons and carols Sunday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m. in Clarke Chapel. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and a musical prelude will begin at 6:30 p.m. The event, organized by 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.
Lycoming College is a four-year residential liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. Located near the banks of the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, Pa., the College fosters academic rigor, and a supportive faculty and successful student outcomes. It offers 36 academic majors and is recognized as a Tier 1 educational institution by U.S. News & World Report. Founded in 1812, Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation.