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Lucia Festival

Festival of Sankta Lucia to be celebrated Nov. 29

Augustana's annual celebration of the Festival of Sankta Lucia Nov. 29 will commemorate the holiday with traditional Scandinavian Christmas carols, lessons and poetry.

The festival will begin at 7 p.m. in Ascension Chapel in Founders Hall.

The Sankta Lucia Festival is a cherished tradition of the Advent season in all the Nordic countries. A candlelight procession of singers is led by a young woman robed in white with a crown of candles on her head, to commemorate the martyred St. Lucy (d. 304 AD), whose feast day is Dec. 13.

Augustana's Lucia this year is Emma Cintado, a senior who is minoring in Scandinavian studies.

Over the centuries, the Sicilian saint from the early Catholic Middle Ages became a fixture in Lutheran Sweden, where she came to represent the return of light to the dark, cold winter season and point toward the hope of Christmas.

Music in the program is drawn from the Advent and Christmas traditions of the historic Augustana Lutheran Church and the other Swedish-American denominations in the United States.

The singing is led by the Swedish language students and campus organist, Chris Nelson.

The celebration is hosted by Augustana's Scandinavian Studies Program, together with the Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center, the American Scandinavian Association at Augustana, and Campus Ministries.

Visitors should note that Ascension Chapel is on the second floor of Founders Hall, and there is no elevator. There is a single-chair lift that may be used. Please plan to arrive early. Visitors must be masked.

The festival will be recorded for release the morning of Dec. 13. To be notified of the release, email Dr. Mark Safstrom.


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