Prelude music by the women’s choir will begin at 8:30 p.m., and the Christmas Light Service begins at 9 p.m. Dr. Erich Lippman, assistant professor of history, will be the guest lay preacher. This has become a wonderful Saint Mary’s tradition of lessons, carols and simple theatrical portraits of the Christmas Story. The service will end with a procession and the lighting of the campus Christmas tree.
After the lighting, typically more than 700 students attend the Pre-Finals Breakfast, which is hosted by the Office of Academic Affairs and Chartwells Food Service. The breakfast is served by faculty and staff from 10 to 11:30 p.m. Aside from the delicious breakfast, Santa will make an appearance, and Christmas caroling is planned.