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‘A Service of Sacred Music for the End of the Church Year’ set for Nov. 28

Service ushers in Advent, Christmas seasons

All are invited to attend “Stay Awake! A Service of Sacred Music for the End of the Church Year” –  a special choral service of evening prayer to usher in the Advent and Christmas seasons set for 7 p.m. CT Tuesday, Nov. 28, in the Chapel of St. Timothy and St. Titus on the campus of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis.

The service will begin in semi-darkness with the Service of Light and the lighting of candles as the leader and congregation sing “Jesus Christ is the Light of the world, the light no darkness can overcome.”

The service will be led by the following choirs, which will sing choral selections ranging from Melchior Franck to traditional spirituals to a new text and tune by Dean Nadasdy and Mark Shepperd:                                                                                                                                                         

  • Laudamus, the premier men’s choir of Concordia Seminary that features seminarians preparing for the pastoral ministry
  • St. Louis Lutheran Chorale, a choir of mixed voices from the campus and larger community
  • Psallite, a choir from Village Lutheran Church, Ladue, Mo.

Local artist April Parviz will display some pieces from her series titled “Sleepers ‘Wake” in the chapel narthex and Koburg Hall following the service. Attendees can meet the artist during this time.

The service is free and open to the public. It also will be available via livestream at

“The end of the church year and the beginning of Advent dovetail wonderfully with their common emphasis on Christ’s Second Coming and the call to be watchful and awake,” said Dean of Chapel Dr. Jon Vieker. “As we conclude this church year, we set our faces toward Advent and sing with hopeful anticipation: ‘Now come, Thou Blessed One, Lord Jesus, God’s own Son. Hail! Hosanna!’”

To learn more about the Seminary’s annual music events, including the Concordia Seminary Concert Series, please visit

About Concordia Seminary

Concordia Seminary, St. Louis provides Gospel-centered graduate-level theological education for pastors, missionaries, deaconesses, scholars and other leaders in the name of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS). To learn more, visit