Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2009-11-24

 Samford University will usher in the Advent season with its traditional Hanging of the Green and Lighting of the Way ceremonies on Thursday, Dec. 3.

The English custom, Hanging of the Green, will be at 6 p.m. in Reid Chapel. The ceremony will feature music of the University Chorale and Bells of Buchanan.

The time of worship will reflect on the meaning of Christmas through responsive readings and decorating with garlands, candles, the Advent wreath and Chrismon tree. Fourteen senior honorees and two families will assist with the program.

The Lighting of the Way will follow at 7 p.m. along Centennial Walk. The Samford Ministries Choir will perform. Program participants include Samford president Andrew Westmoreland, who will read the Christmas story.

The event will conclude with the lighting of scores of luminaries on campus walkways and the large Christmas tree on Centennial Walk.

About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.