Celebrate the holidays with Saint Martin’s Procession of Carols

November 21, 2007

Lacey, Washington — The Saint Martin's University Chorale, in collaboration with the Office of Campus Ministry and Office of International Programs and Development, will usher in the Christmas season with the annual Procession of Carols and Candlelight Mass on Sunday, Dec. 2. This family event, which is free and open to the public, begins at 5:45 p.m. in Saint Martin's Old Main building, 5300 Pacific Ave. SE, in Lacey.

Between 5:45 and 6:20 p.m., guests are invited to stroll the festively decorated halls of Old Main. The Saint Martin's Chorale, under the direction of Darrell Born, will be performing old and new holiday favorites on the second floor. On the fourth floor, SMU’s international students will be presenting a variety of food, music and holiday traditions from their native countries.

The Candlelight Mass will take place at 7:00 p.m. in the Abbey Church and will feature the student liturgy choir. A prelude to the Mass, performed by the Saint Martin's Chorale, begins at 6:30 p.m.

The evening will conclude in Old Main's Saint Gertrude Dining Hall. At 8:00 p.m., Abbot Neal Roth, O.S.B., will perform a Christmas tree blessing, followed by refreshments and a performance by the American Legion Band.

Saint Martin’s University is an independent four-year, Catholic, coeducational university located on a 320-acre wooded campus in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 18 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 21 majors and six graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes 1,250 students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its main campus, and 650 more to its five extension campuses located at Fort Lewis Army Post, McChord Air Force Base, Olympic College, Centralia College and Tacoma Community College.

For additional information:

Darrell Born
Music department director