We invite you to join us for our annual Advent Christmas Vespers service, offered on Friday, December 7, 2018 at the Chapel of the Resurrection at Valparaiso University. This year’s Vespers will be at a new time, at 6:30 and at 8:30 p.m. A reception will be held in the Ballrooms of the Harre Union between the two services.
The annual service of lessons and carols is a traditional part of Advent celebrations on campus. This year’s Vespers “Come, Lord Jesus: Reconcile Your People,” will feature music by the Kantorei Choir of the Chapel of the Resurrection, the University Resurrection Ringers handbell choir, and the Jubilate Choir of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Valparaiso. The three choirs will perform at both services.
Valpo’s connection to Coventry Cathedral of England will be reflected in this year’s theme. Our university has a long relationship with Coventry and our two worship spaces are similar in many ways. The university and Coventry Cathedral have had a close relationship through the Community of the Cross of Nails for over 50 years, with Valpo receiving in 1965 a cross of nails which we use as our processional cross. The Coventry Litany of Reconciliation is prayed regularly at Morning Prayer. Seating for the Chapel features the Luke Hughes® revived Coventry chair, based on the chair from the 1950s which became an icon of post-war design.
As always, Advent-Christmas Vespers admission is free, but tickets are required. Envelopes, which also serve as tickets for admission, may be picked up at the Chapel, the Helge Center, or at the Harre Union welcome desk. They also may be ordered from the Chapel by phone at 219.464.6517, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org . As of Nov. 30th, tickets remain for both services but are not being mailed; you may request tickets to be held at “will call” at the Chapel for pick up on Dec. 7th. Please specify which service you wish to attend and how many seats are needed.
Doors will open at 6 p.m. for general seating for the 6:30 p.m. Vespers and at 8 p.m. for the 8:30 p.m. Vespers. Guests in wheelchairs and with walkers will be given first seating opportunities.