PBS to air Christmas in Christ Chapel during Holiday Season

The 2016 service, "Ubuntu, Jesu: From the Cradle of Humankind to the Ends of the Earth," will air across the country this December.
Posted on November 30th, 2017 by

For the first time, Gustavus Adolphus College’s Christmas in Christ Chapel worship services will air on Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) stations across the nation this holiday season. The 2016 service, “Ubuntu, Jesu: From the Cradle of Humankind to the Ends of the Earth,” will be shown across the region and run by PBS affiliates throughout the country during the month of December.

“Our talented students, faculty, and staff bring the beauty and wonder of Christmas to life each year through song, dance, and spoken word,” President Rebecca Bergman said. “Christmas in Christ Chapel is a powerful and longstanding tradition in the Gustavus community and we are excited to share it with a broad new audience.”

A listing of airings across nationwide PBS affiliates is available online. Check the schedule and tune in or set your digital video recorder!

In Minnesota, the worship service will be shown on the following channels:

Friday, December 15 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, December 16 at 2 a.m.
Monday, December 25 at 8 a.m.

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Sunday, December 24 at 10 p.m.
Monday, December 25 at 4 a.m.

About Christmas in Christ Chapel

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.


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  1. Bob Vukas says:

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

  2. Alfred Henderson says:

    Sure enjoyed seeing the performance on TV! The photography was outstanding. Definitely a notch above the other choir recordings. Best wishes to you Becky for a blessed Christmas and wonderful 2018

  3. Spencer says:

    Whatching the broadcast in Atlanta GA. Wow!

  4. Tyrone S Berry says:

    To whom it may concern: I watch PBS every Xmas Eve for performances, e.g. Xmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Xmas in Belmont, just to name a few. However, I must concede that you guys stole my heart and the show with the most profound performance that I have seen. The students were absolutely amazing !!! You should be very proud of these young people, they represented this fine institution extremely well. I have never seen such passion and emotion that brought tears to the eyes of the participants in the choir. It caused me to tear up. Kudos to all the staff, musicians, the students, the conductors and everyone that made this possible. Shame on you if you aren’t proud of these young people. They were indeed beyond excellent.

    May God Bless this university, it’s staff and students. you guys were AMAZING. I look forward to sharing next Xmas with you. Bravo, Bravo and Bravo !!

  5. Eileen Tallamante says:

    I immensely enjoyed Christmas in Christ Chapel which aired on PBS on Christmas. Thanks for the originality and fine tuned choir.