now open; Dec. 2 and 3 performances will be streamed live from Greene Chapel
Arkansas (November 21, 2022) – For nearly 60 years, the Hendrix College Choir’s
Candlelight Carol Service has marked the start of the holiday season for many
in Arkansas and the broader Hendrix community. The 2022 Candlelight Carol
Services continue this beloved tradition while also introducing new music to
those who attend. Services in Greene Chapel on the Hendrix College campus will
take place Dec. 1-3 at 7:30 p.m., and Dec. 4 at 4 p.m. While there is no
admission charge, limited seating makes reservations required for the on-campus
services; seats may be reserved online at www.hendrix.edu/candlelight.
the choir will make tour stops Dec. 15 at Germantown United Methodist Church of
Germantown, Tennessee; and Dec. 16 at Asbury United Methodist Church of Little
Rock. Both tour services begin at 7:30 p.m. and do not require reservations.
attendance is not the only option for those wishing to experience the Candlelight
Carol Service. The service will be streamed live from Greene Chapel at www.hendrix.edu/candlelight on
Friday, Dec. 2 and Saturday, Dec. 3.
Candlelight Carol Service at Hendrix shares many features with the Festival of
Nine Lessons and Carols celebrated each Christmas Eve since 1918 at King’s
College in Cambridge, England. The nine lessons, taken from Old and New
Testaments, weave a narrative from Adam’s fall into sin, through the prophecies
of Christ’s coming, and culminating in Christ’s birth. The carols performed
between the lessons change yearly, and offer opportunities for reflection,
exultation, and celebration. A vibrant tradition, the Candlelight Carol Service
includes music that spans several centuries and also features many living
composers. This year’s service features a world premiere piece by Jerry Hui: As
I Sat on a Sunny Bank, a cheerful arrangement of a lesser-known British
private liberal arts college in Conway, Arkansas, Hendrix College consistently
earns recognition as one of the country’s leading liberal arts institutions,
and is featured in Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will
Change the Way You Think About Colleges. Its academic quality and rigor,
innovation, and value have established Hendrix as a fixture in numerous college
guides, lists, and rankings. Founded in 1876, Hendrix has been affiliated with
the United Methodist Church since 1884. To learn more, visit www.hendrix.edu.