Service of Lessons and Carols 2013

Hannah Davis, Writer

The Omwake-Dearborn Chapel was adorned with garland and wreaths, suffusing the air with a fresh pine aroma. Smiles and fuzzy Christmas sweaters were worn by almost everyone in attendance. It is, as the saying goes, that time of year again. It is the time of year for giving and celebrating. It is Christmas time.

At Catawba College, the celebration of the wintery season comes with the stress of finals, but also the joy and excitement of knowing that winter break is just around the corner. To celebrate the final week of classes, and the coming of Christmas, Catawba held its annual service of lessons and carols. This is the 26th year that Catawba has put on this holy Christmas celebration. The service not only infuses the students with the spirit of Christmas, but also provides a great means for the Salisbury community to become further involved with the college. Furthermore, the service featured some of the finest talents at Catawba through the performance of both the Catawba Wind Ensemble and the Catawba Chamber Singers. The gifted students involved in those ensembles entranced the audience with the beautiful tale of Jesus’ birth through song. As the name suggests, this was the “carols” part of the ceremony. The songs then lead into the seven passages of scripture, which were the “lessons” part of the ceremony.

Overall the service did a grand job balancing the task of getting the audience into the spirit of Christmas while still maintaining its true biblical purpose.

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