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Loras Students Performing the Choir holding black music books

Mysteries of Christmas

December 1, 2023 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Come out to the annual Mysteries of Christmas, which combines musical arrangements with gospel readings to understand Advent and Christmas better.

“Mysteries is a prayerful experience leading people into the Advent season and preparation time for the Christmas holiday itself,” Glenn Pohland, D.M.A., director of instrumental music at Loras College, said. “We choose music and readings that best reflect our Catholic tradition. It is all about praise and rejoicing.”

Beginning in 2005, the “Mysteries of Christmas” concert focused on providing a deeper look into Christmas by combining liturgical readings and interpretive music to underline the true message of the season. Each component of the concert revels in the anticipation of Christ’s coming — his past incarnation at Christmas and his future return at the end of time.


The initial presentations of “Mysteries of Christmas” at Loras College were based on the format of “Advent Lessons and Carols,” most popularly celebrated at King’s College, University of Cambridge, England, and the Stations of the Cross. Since then, the event has developed to draw out its character as a popular devotion more effectively. As such, “Mysteries of Christmas” is intended to lead all who participate in it to a fuller, more conscious, more active and more joyous celebration of the present coming of Christ among us every time the Church celebrates the Eucharistic liturgy.

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St. Joseph Theater
698 Loras Blvd
Dubuque, 52001 United States
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