Christmas Candlelight Service Set for December 16

Mercersburg Academy’s annual Christmas Candlelight Service will be held Sunday, December 16, in the Irvine Memorial Chapel. Services will be held at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., with light refreshments served in the Burgin Center for the Arts’ Cofrin Gallery from 5:30 to 7 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 will be streamed live on the homepage of the school’s website ( and will also be available to watch on-demand after the event. 

Rev. William R. Whitmore (Mercersburg’s school minister) will deliver the sermon, “Pondering Over Perfection.” 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 will also participate.

A carillon prelude by Brinson, as well as seasonal vocal and instrumental music, began one hour prior to each of the two services. It is suggested that attendees arrive early for the best seating.

A free-will offering will be collected to benefit the Mercersburg Rotary Club’s Santa’s Toy Box program, which purchases gifts for area underprivileged children.

This year, the Academy is once again offering the community an opportunity to donate a poinsettia that will adorn the Chapel during the service. Fill out the online form to dedicate a poinsettia in honor of a loved one. Dedications must be submitted by Monday, December 3.

The Chapel will host a Midnight Holiday Carillon Recital Monday, December 24, at 11:59 p.m.

On Sunday, December 2, at 3 p.m., the Chapel will host the fall concert of the Mercersburg Area Community Chorus. Richard Rotz, the Academy’s director of music, also directs the Community Chorus.

Founded in 1893 in the heart of Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic, Mercersburg is a private, coed, college preparatory boarding school with approximately 435 students (15 percent are day), grades 9-12 and postgraduate.
We offer 170 courses, including AP and Honors, more than $7 million in financial aid, 26 varsity sports, and a state-of-the-art performing and visual arts center.
Located 90 minutes from Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, and within easy driving distance of New York City, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh.
300 East Seminary Street, Mercersburg, PA 17236
GPS Address: 10951 Buchanan Trail West, Mercersburg, PA 17236