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Seminary celebrates Advent with Scripture and song

November 22, 2011 No Comment

The Annunciation (Detail from the Mérode Altarpiece)

Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary, St. Catharines has announced the date of its annual Advent Lessons and Carols service. Scheduled for December 4 at 4:00 p.m., the event will feature The Seminary Choir and Resurrection Lutheran Choir, under the direction of Diane Humann and accompanied by brass, strings and organ. Humann is a longtime member of the Niagara Symphony Orchestra and Music Director for Resurrection Lutheran (St. Catharines).

With a dual focus on Scripture and music, the event celebrates the longing for Christ observed by the Church during Advent. Members of the seminary community read lessons from the prophets about the coming of Christ, and the congregation and choirs sing Advent hymns and carols. The service culminates with a proclamation of the Christmas Gospel.

Lutheran Church–Canada’s other seminary, Concordia Theological Seminary, Edmonton has put its annual Advent service on hiatus this year as it searches for a new president. Previously, the seminary has organized German-language services on even years and services of Lessons and Carols on odd years.