Christmas Candlelight Service Set for December 15
Mercersburg Academy’s annual Christmas Candlelight Service was held Sunday, December 15, in the Irvine Memorial Chapel at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The service is open to the public and free of charge. Parking is free and the Chapel is handicap accessible.
The 7:30 p.m. service was be streamed live (see video above) and available to watch both during and after the event.
Rev. William R. Whitmore (Mercersburg’s school minister), delivered the sermon, “To be with Christmas.” Members of the Mercersburg Chorale (under the direction of Bryan Morgan ’07), String Ensemble (directed by Michael Cameron), and Chapel Choir (directed by James Brinson), and several readers from the Academy community and the Borough of Mercersburg also participated.
A carillon prelude by Brinson, as well as seasonal vocal and instrumental music, began one hour prior to each of the two services.
A free-will offering is collected each year to benefit the Mercersburg Rotary Club’s Santa’s Toy Box program, which purchases gifts for area underprivileged children.
The Chapel will host a Midnight Holiday Carillon Recital on Monday, December 24, at 11:59 p.m.
On December 7-8, the Chapel hosted the fall concert of the Mercersburg Area Community Chorus. Richard Rotz, the Academy’s director of music, also directs the Community Chorus.