Christmas Candlelight Service Available to View

Sunday, December 20, 2020

Mercersburg Academy’s annual Christmas Candlelight Service can be seen virtually this year on the school’s YouTube channel. The service premiered December 20 and can be viewed on demand at any time, free of charge. 

Read the bulletin for this year's service. 

School Minister Rev. William R. Whitmore, delivered the sermon, “A Dim Hope.” Members of the Mercersburg Chorale (under the direction of Bryan Morgan ’07), String Ensemble (directed by Michael Cameron), and flutes section (directed by James Brinson), and several readers from the Academy community also participated.

Readers during the service included Stanley Fang ’21, Jay Howley ’21, Elle Kick '21, Paula Ante Wright ’22, Folake Okunsanya ’22, Amelia Page ’21, Dan Zagorii ’23, and Susan Simar P ’86, ’90, ’91, who recently retired after 32 years at Mercersburg.

“While we wish we could be together for this special service in the Irvine Memorial Chapel, I am excited for people across the world to join us in this Mercersburg tradition,” Whitmore said.

For more than 20 years, the Academy has partnered with the Rotary Club of Mercersburg to help wrap presents for Santa’s Toy Box, a program of the Rotary Club that provides Christmas gifts to children in the local community. In a normal year, the Christmas Candlelight Service offering and collection are given to support the Rotary Club’s fundraising goals, and other groups on campus, including the Community Engagement Team and Entrepreneurship class, are integral to the Rotary’s success in meeting the needs of the greater community. 

This year, COVID-19 has hindered fundraising efforts; as a result, the Rotary is $5,000–$7,000 behind in donations. In the spirit of being a good community partner, the Academy’s annual #OneMercersburg Challenge, which ran from November 30 to December 11, is helping the Rotary end the calendar year in a financially solvent and strong place. 

Every gift of $10 or more to the Mercersburg Annual Fund unlocked $10 for the Rotary—a total $5,000 donation. Gifts to the school underpin the Academy’s mission of developing students determined to lead and serve the world, and are also spreading joy to local children this holiday season. Gifts can be made online anytime at