Saint Martin’s University Chorale ushers in the holidays  

November 18, 2011

chorale photoLACEY, WASHINGTON—The Saint Martin’s University community invites the public to share in the joy of the upcoming holidays with the University Chorale’s presentation of Glory! A Celebration of the Christmas Season on Sunday, Dec. 4. The free event, a collaboration of the Chorale and the Office of Campus Ministry, will launch the Christmas season with a concert of familiar carols, followed by a candlelight Mass and a tree blessing celebration. The concert begins at 7 p.m. at the Saint Martin’s Abbey, at 5000 Abbey Way SE, Lacey. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

The concert will feature familiar carols, like Silent Night and Angels We Have Heard on High, as well as international Yuletide music from France, Spain and Ukraine. The Chorale’s director, Associate Professor of Music Darrell Born, says the word “glory” is included in the title of the concert because it was the word used by the angels who appeared to the shepherds the night of Jesus’ birth.

Born, the chair of the University’s Fine and Performing Arts Department explains, “The word ‘glory’ in itself is a celebration of God’s power, his sovereignty and his gift to mankind. By presenting the concert and then participating in the Mass, the chorale is celebrating the sacred Benedictine nature of the mass and the sacred spirit of this time of year.”

After the celebration of the Mass, guests will walk by candlelight to the nearby St. Gertrude’s Dining Hall in Old Main. The evening will end with the blessing and lighting of the Christmas tree by Abbot Neal Roth, O.S.B., chancellor of Saint Martin's University. Holiday refreshments will add a flourish to the celebration.

Saint Martin’s University is an independent four-year, coeducational university located on a 380-acre wooded campus in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 14 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 21 majors and six graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes 1,250 students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its main campus, and 650 more to its extension campuses located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Everett College, Centralia College and Tacoma Community College. Visit the Saint Martin’s University website at

For additional information:
Susan Leyster, MA
Director of campus ministry
Saint Martin’s University
Sarah Holdener
Director of community relations and event management
Office of marketing and communications
Saint Martin’s University