The Loras College Choirs and Wind Ensemble will be performing Mysteries of Christmas, Blessed is She Who Believes on Saturday, November 23, 2013. This formal musical celebration will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Christ the King Chapel. Admission offering is $8 and tickets can be in purchased in advance at loras.edu/mysteriesofchristmas or the evening of the event at Christ the King Chapel.
From its inception as The Stations of Christmas in 2005, Mysteries of Christmas has sought to provide the community with a seasonal experience which presents the highest quality of music and literature in a concert format imbued with Loras’ Catholic culture. In keeping with the College’s mission, Mysteries of Christmas provides all a joyous celebration in the Season of Advent, leaving the audience eager for Christmas and pondering the wonder and awe of God’s gift to us – his son Jesus.
Selections debuting at Mysteries of Christmas include two unique pieces composed by a Loras College student and staff member. Student Kevin Duggan’s (’14) (Dubuque, Iowa) composition will be performed by Concert Choir while Craig Swatt, director of worship, has arranged an old French Advent carol in tribute to the Loras 175th anniversary.
On December 2 at 4:30 p.m., the Christmas celebration will continue with a tree-lighting ceremony—including hymnody, reading, prayer and carol—at the pine tree adjacent to the statue of Bishop Loras near Keane Hall. Mass will follow at 5:15 p.m.
Finally, on Saturday, December 7 at 4:00 p.m., the Loras College Choirs and Wind Ensemble will perform Sounds of the Season, in the Athletic and Wellness Center. This family-friendly, secular celebration of the holiday season is free and open to the public.