Keeping the Holiday Tradition with Advent Vespers

St. Scholastica's Student Newspaper
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By: Hayley Smith  - Student Journalist -
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Keeping the Holiday Tradition with Advent VespersTis’ the season to be jolly; CSS keeps on the holiday cheer with the Advent Vespers service and the event known as “Lighting a Tradition”. 

Advent Vespers is a tradition meant to bring together alumni, current students, faculty, staff, administration and sisters. “Lighting a Tradition” is an event that has been paired with Advent Vespers to be a complete unofficial kick-off to the holiday season that happens here on campus.

For those who don’t know what it is, Advent is a Christian season that is observed. This is a time of waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas. Advent comes from the Latin term adventus, which means coming. Vespers is the sunset prayer service; it comes from the Latin term vesper which has been referred to as evening prayer.

Each year that this occurs, Advent Vespers starts off the night in the chapel. There, there are songs sung by the Sisters and by one of the choirs, which was this year Bella Voce.  Prayers and readings are also a big part of the event.  The night continues with everyone walking out to the front steps of Tower with lit candles, singing carols, saying a prayer, and seeing the trees lit up. The night ends with drinks and snacks and the President’s dinner. 

This year was no different from previous years. Even with all of the nonstop snow storming many people came out to enjoy the festivities. With what looked like close to 100 people including the choir singing and joining in on the prayers, there wasn’t a moment left to uncertainty that this was an event full of faith and hope for the holiday season. After the prayers and reflections were completed in the chapel, everyone grabbed their jackets and lit candles and headed outside. With the wind being so bad, many people had to switch to tea lights in order to keep the same effect. All of the choir members, Sisters and the President huddled together as a prayer was said, songs were sung and the trees were lit up. Following this everyone went inside to enjoy cookies and hot chocolate.