NJ, November 14, 2012–Princeton Theological Seminary will present
three musical services of carols from around the world for the Seminary and
Princeton communities on Monday, December 10 at 3:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., and 8:30
p.m. in Miller Chapel. This annual Christmas tradition has continued for more
than twelve years and offers a counterpoint to the more traditional Service of
Lessons and Carols. The service includes readings, choral anthems, and
congregational carols led by the Princeton Seminary Choir and international
students and staff of the Seminary. After each identical service, everyone is
invited to carol by candlelight outside of the chapel on the Seminary
A wide array of carols and anthems from different nations and
cultures reflects the Seminary’s diverse student body. Of the 518 students
enrolled for the 2012–2013 academic year, 20 are international students who
come from Canada, Egypt, France, Germany,
Great Britain, India, Indonesia, South Korea, Liberia, Malaysia, Mexico, Myanmar,
Nepal, the Philippines, and Singapore. As part of the service,
students, faculty, and staff will read Advent and Christmas scriptures in their
native languages, including German, Spanish, Igbo, and Mandarin.
New this year is the carol “Carol of the Drum,” a popular Christmas song
known today as “The Little Drummer Boy.” It was originally based upon a
traditional Czech carol.
Also included is a song from Australia
titled “Southern Cross,” by composer and conductor Stephen Leek. For the oldest
and smallest continent on the planet, the star formation of the Southern Cross
is an important physical and symbolic icon for survival, and encapsulates a
national pride. The five stars have traditionally assisted sailors in
navigating their way to Australia, and on the land have been beacons of light
leading the way across the vast open Australian spaces. In this cheerful work
the Southern Cross is likened to the Star of the East that led the Wise Men to
The event is free and open to the public.
For directions to the campus and more information, visit www.ptsem.edu or call 609.497.7890.
Princeton Seminary was established in 1812
by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church as a post-graduate
professional school of theology. Currently celebrating its Bicentennial,
Princeton is the largest Presbyterian seminary in the country, with more than
500 students in six graduate degree programs.