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Westminster College Holds Traditional Christmas Vespers Service

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Posted on Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Westminster College celebrated one of its most beloved traditions with the presentation of “All I Want for Christmas” at Christmas Vespers on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 4 p.m. in Orr Auditorium. The event was open to the public.

Coordinated by Westminster’s Office of Faith and Spirituality, the annual worship service began with carols and special musical arrangements at 3:30 p.m. Vocal and instrumental ensembles performed familiar Christmas music as students recited scripture readings and prayers.

Several faculty and staff members joined the joyous occasion and performed alongside students. Westminster College Chaplain, the Rev. James R. Mohr II, closed the evening with a riveting message entitled “All I Want for Christmas is My…”.

Although weather conditions prevented many people from attending this year’s Christmas vespers, Rev. Mohr is reminded of the reason why many people come out to fellowship. “When I think of vespers, I think of people coming across the area to gather during the advent season,” says Mohr. “Through scripture readings and music of the season, we began to get excited about the birth of the Christ Child”.

Campus groups Habitat for Humanity and Experience Alaska served as ushers during the event and collected an offering to support the Habitat for Humanity Collegiate Challenge spring break work trip to Georgetown, S.C. and the Experience Alaska work trip.

The Westminster’s Campus Ministries Staff hosted a fellowship reception in Orr Lobby immediately following the service and provided luminaries that lit up the campus walkways.

The service appeared live online at, and is available for on-demand viewing at

Contact Westminster’s Chapel Office at 724-946-7117 or for additional information.