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December 2, 2008

St. Edward's University Celebrates 28th Annual Festival of Lights


The St. Edward’s University annual Festival of Lights tradition will celebrate the holidays with lights, music, worship and community service. Events will include: Christmas on the Plaza, a tree lighting ceremony, Monte Siesta Christmas Fiesta, an opportunity to make cards and decorate cookies and ornaments with senior residents from Monte Siesta, Las Posadas, a celebration which commemorates the journey of Mary and Joseph from Nazareth to Bethlehem in search of a room.

Advent Mass
Sunday, Nov. 30
9 p.m., Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel

Begin Advent and the Annual Festival of Lights celebration with a holiday Mass and the second annual lighting of the university’s Advent Wreath.

Christmas on the Plaza
Monday, Dec. 1
7:30 p.m., Ragsdale Plaza

Gather as a community to reflect and celebrate the season with the second annual St. Edward’s University Christmas tree lighting.

Las Posadas
Tuesday, Dec. 2
5:45 p.m., Main Building

Reenact the journey of Mary and Joseph at the Eighth Annual Las Posadas Celebration in a procession from the Main Building steps to Mabee Ballroom where refreshments and entertainment will follow.

In Mexico, “las posadas” are celebrated on each of the nine days before Christmas to commemorate the journey of Mary and Joseph from Nazareth to Bethlehem, in search of room at the inn (la posada). After dark, a procession is formed and everyone, including the smallest of children, takes part.

Monte Siesta Christmas Fiesta
Wednesday, Dec. 3
1-4 p.m., Mabee Ballrooms B & C, Robert and Pearle Ragsdale Center

Join the senior residents of Monte Siesta for card making, cookie and ornament decorating, and holiday picture taking.

Hanukkah Event
Thursday, Dec. 4
6 p.m., Andre Hall Lounge

Come light the Menorah with the Hilleltoppers this year and enjoy dreidels, latkes, and cookie decorating.

Festival of Lights
Friday, Dec. 5
6:30 p.m., Main Building Steps

Join the St. Edward’s community as we reflect upon the advent season through prayer, readings, and song under the brilliant illumination of the Main Building.

Holiday Concert
Friday, Dec. 5
7:30 p.m., Mabee Ballrooms, Robert and Pearle Ragsdale Center

Listen as the air is filled with sounds of holidays during a performance from the St. Edward’s University Music program, visit with Santa, and enjoy Christmas cookies.

These events are sponsored by Student Life with special thanks to Campus Ministry, College Assistance Migrant Program, Dean of Students Office, Monte Siesta Nursing and Rehabilitation, Montopolis Community, Music Program, Physical Plant, Robert and Pearle Ragsdale Center, Student Government Association, Student Leadership Team, Student Service Council, Unity Coalition, Velocity Federal Credit Union, the Festival of Lights Committee and University Programming Board.

For more information call 448-8432. Download the schedule. [PDF]

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