Festival of St. Lucia

Posted on December 7th, 2006 by

The 2006 Gustavus St. Lucia Court.

The 2006 Gustavus St. Lucia Court.


Chaplain Brian Johnson lights the crown of candles for Gretchen Libbey, St. Lucia 2006.

Chaplain Brian Johnson lights the crown of candles for Gretchen Libbey, St. Lucia 2006.

During Gustavus Adolphus College’s 66th annual Festival of St. Lucia, held Thursday, Dec. 7, one sophomore and four of her classmates were selected to serve as St. Lucia and the Lucia Court.

St. Lucia
Gretchen Libbey, Minnetonka, Minn.

Lucia Court Members:
Holly Andersen, Glenville, Minn.
Delphine Broccard, Bloomington, Minn.
Kristin Mummert, Albert Lea, Minn.
Hannah Wunsch, Omaha, Neb.

They are selected based on academic achievement, spiritual leadership, and involvement in community service. Each year since 1941, a St. Lucia and court have been named at Gustavus. The tradition is celebrated to commemorate the incredible courage shown by St. Lucia who, according to legend, was put to death for being Christian and helping the poor.

On Dec. 13 in homes throughout Sweden, the eldest daughter plays the role of St. Lucia — preparing and serving baked goods and coffee to her family at sunrise. Wearing a crown of lighted candles, Lucia represents the return of light that will end the long winter nights and serves as a symbol of hope and peace for the Christmas season.

The annual celebration at the Swedish-founded college features early morning caroling by St. Lucia and her court, a ceremony to crown St. Lucia in Christ Chapel, a traditional Scandinavian Smorgasbord, and a holiday bake sale.

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Media Contact: Director of Media Relations and Internal Communication JJ Akin
jakin@gustavus.edu
507-933-7510

 

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