Christmas in Christ Chapel is Dec. 2-4

Posted on November 23rd, 2011 by

Christmas in Christ Chapel, the annual holiday tradition at Gustavus Adolphus College will be held Dec. 2-4 and is themed “Julljus: Light from the Old World, Light to the New.”

This year’s Christmas in Christ Chapel theme was specially chosen for the College’s Sesquicentennial year, as the College reflects on the faith of its founders—their trust in the Light of the Christ Child and their dedication to the Light of Knowledge. The College is also privileged to welcome the Rev. Sabina Koij, a minister of the Lutheran Church of Sweden who serves as a pastor at Storkyrkan, the Cathedral of Stockholm, to participate in this year’s Christmas in Christ Chapel services.

“This year’s historic Christmas in Christ Chapel service will connect the Swedish rootedness of Gustavus to the celebration of our Sesquicentennial and joins us together as we celebrate our faith at one of the high holy seasons of the year,” Interim Senior Chaplain Rod Anderson said.

At the beginning of December, in the season of Advent, alumni, students, friends of the College, staff, and faculty all unite and worship together in preparation for Christmas. A tradition since 1973, Christmas in Christ Chapel is a time for the Gustavus community to celebrate the holidays with one another through music, dance, spoken word, and prayer.

Approximately 350 students, faculty, and staff bring the program to life each year through the use of music and visual art. A new theme is chosen each year in order to educate participants and audiences alike about faith and cultural traditions. Choirs, orchestras, and dance ensembles perform at each of the five services, with approximately 1,200 people attending each one.

Services will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2; at 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3; and at 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4. Limited tickets remain and may be purchased online by going to

Click here to view photos from this year’s Christmas in Christ Chapel services.


Media Contact: Director of Media Relations and Internal Communication JJ Akin


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