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St. Lawrence Continues Candlelight Tradition

St. Lawrence University’s traditional Candlelight Service, which is normally held in the Gunnison Memorial Chapel, was held Wednesday in the Leithead Field House.

Click here to view the Candlelight Service.

View a photo gallery of this year's service.

The service was relocated due to a fire that damaged the chapel on Oct. 6. The chapel remains closed and under repair.

The 92nd Candlelight Service featured traditional Christmas carols and special music by the Laurentian Singers, the University Chorus and a Community Children's Chorus. This year's readings focused on the theme of journeying.

St. Lawrence University’s Organist Sondra Goldsmith Proctor said the important part of this year’s service is how the community came together to make it happen.

“The SLU community has provided a space and willing hands to move all the physical set-up into Leithead,” Proctor said. "Canton Central School moved the concert for the 7th to 12th graders, so that the younger brothers and sisters could participate and the entire family could support the event.”

For more than 90 years, the Candlelight Service has been a milestone of the St. Lawrence experience and the holiday season. The service offers a pause for reflection before final exams. It marks the end of the fall semester and the approaching turn of the calendar year. The service also signals the beginning of winter and the promise of longer daylight. 

The theme of this year’s service was serenity and stillness.

“Musically, it will be lovely and calming,” Proctor said. “It will be in a different space, but the feeling of warmth, caring and love will fill the space. The sound of children's voices reminds us that we all must find the hope, joy and love of the season wherever we are at the moment.”