Christmas in Christ Chapel Set For This Weekend

The 44th annual Christmas in Christ Chapel worship services will take place this weekend with a free live stream planned for Saturday night.
Posted on November 29th, 2016 by

Gustavus Adolphus College’s 44th annual Christmas in Christ Chapel worship services are set to take place Friday, Dec. 2 through Sunday, Dec. 4. This year’s theme is “Ubuntu, Jesu: From the Cradle of Humankind to the Ends of the Earth.”

The African notion of “Ubuntu” affirms that a person is a person through other people, or “I am because we are.” To proclaim “Ubuntu, Jesu” links the nativity narrative to all of life, with the “Cradle of Humankind” as both the birthplace of humanity in Africa and the manger of Jesus in Bethlehem. Christmas in Christ Chapel 2016, “Ubuntu, Jesu: From the Cradle of Humankind to the Ends of the Earth,” will celebrate unity by connecting the incarnation of Christ with the creation of humankind in Africa.

cincc2015_1After a successful live stream of last year’s Saturday night performance, Christmas in Christ Chapel will again be streamed online to the public on Dec. 3 beginning at 7:15 p.m. Heroic Productions, which annually provides audio, video, and lighting solutions for both Christmas in Christ Chapel and the Nobel Conference, will produce the live stream with the use of at least six different cameras.

Dates and times of services for Christmas in Christ Chapel 2015 are as follows:

  • Friday, Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 3 at 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. (Live steam is available beginning at 7:15 p.m. for the evening service only)
  • Sunday, Dec. 4 at 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

If you plan to watch the free live stream of Christmas in Christ Chapel on Saturday, Dec. 3, you can access the video player by going online to

A tradition since 1973, Christmas in Christ Chapel is a time for the Gustavus community to celebrate the holidays with one another. Approximately 350 students, faculty, and staff bring the program to life each year through the use of music, dance, spoken word, and the visual arts. A new theme is chosen each year in order to educate participants and audiences alike about faith and theological traditions. Choirs and orchestras lead the five services, with approximately 1,100 people attending each one.

If you are interested in attending Christmas in Christ Chapel in person, limited tickets are still available for $30 each and can be purchased online at


Media Contact: Director of Media Relations and Internal Communication Luc Hatlestad



  1. Joan Manning says:

    my granddaughter Kristi is in this ??

  2. Keith Setterholm says:

    Is there any possibility of putting the printed program on line? I have a lot of interest in the poems and spoken word excerpts and would like to know the sources.

  3. Ruth Niemi says:

    When will Christmas in Christ Chapel be available on the archives?

  4. JJ Akin '11 says:

    Keith — The printed program is available online here:

    Ruth — We expect to to have the full archive available to watch in the next 7-10 days.

    Thank you!

    JJ Akin

    Director of Media Relations and Internal Communication