Light up the spirit of the holidays at Saint Martin’s annual Procession of Carols and Candlelight Mass

November 19, 2010

Lacey, Washington – Saint Martin’s University will usher in the holiday season Sunday, Dec. 5, with its annual Procession of Carols and Candlelight Mass. The public is invited to share and enjoy this joyful time of year with the University community as it celebrates the coming of Christmas.

A collaboration of the Saint Martin's University Chorale and the offices of Campus Ministry, International Programs and Institutional Advancement, the event begins at 5:30 p.m. at the University’s Old Main building, 5300 Pacific Ave. SE, Lacey. Attendance and refreshments are free.

The halls of Old Main are being transformed into Santa’s forest, and Saint Nick himself will take time from his busy schedule to chat with children as visitors stroll through the festively decorated corridors. (Parents are reminded to bring their cameras and camcorders to record those hush-hush conversations between Santa and the children.)

Holiday carols and songs, old and new, will be sung by the Saint Martin's Chorale, under the direction of Darrell Born, associate professor of music. In other areas, the University’s international students will give visitors a vision of celebrations in their homelands with traditional holiday foods and music.

At 7 p.m., guests are invited to adjacent Saint Martin’s Abbey Church for the Candlelight Mass and music by the University’s student liturgy choir. A prelude to the Mass, performed by the Chorale, begins at 6:30 p.m.

The evening will conclude with the blessing of the Christmas tree by Abbot Neal Roth, O.S.B., in Old Main’s Saint Gertrude Dining Hall. Holiday refreshments and music by Saint Martin’s jazz combo will provide the finale for this fun and magical evening.

For more information, contact Susan Leyster, director of the Office of Campus Ministry, 360-438-4581 or

Saint Martin’s University is an independent four-year, Catholic, coeducational university located on a 380-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 is 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 contact:

Susan Leyster, MA
Director of Campus Ministry
Saint Martin's University