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Advent 2010

December 23, 2010

Here at Saint Joseph College we are counting down the days to Christmas, but as is typical in academic communities, the days of anticipation are tempered by the anxiety of students preparing for final examinations and of faculty working on deadline to finish grading papers. Even administrators feel the strain of projects not yet completed as we close out the year.

In the midst of these stressors, the College’s annual Festival of Lights was a lovely reprieve. A service of music, Scripture, and liturgical dance, the Festival of Lights culminates with the passing of a flame from candle to candle throughout the chapel. The ceremony brought our focus back to where it should be at this time of year – the coming of the Christ child. It set the perfect tone of contemplation and joy and, I think, lifted the spirits of all who attended.

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