STEUBENVILLE, OH—The Service of Lessons and Carols, a prayerful concert that begins the Advent season, prepares hearts for the arrival of the Christ Child. It will take place on Tuesday, December 3, at 7:00 p.m. in Christ the King Chapel at Franciscan University of Steubenville.
The evening will feature the voices of the Franciscan University Chorale and the Schola Cantorum Franciscana, accompanied by the sacred music major organists and Nicholas Will, director and professor of sacred music.
Combining Scripture readings with choral and congregational singing of Advent and Christmas hymns, the service explores the mystery of the Incarnation from the fall of Adam to the Nativity of the Lord. It will feature a variety of carols from the past seven centuries.
The concert is free and open to the public.
Advent Concert to Awaken the Heart and Mind to Hope
Dr. Jessica Ewell, Franciscan University of Steubenville sacred music professor, will present “Scenes of Seeking and Finding: Experiencing Christian Hope Through the Music of Advent.” The free concert shows how to live in the hope of Christ’s incarnation and combines well-beloved Advent music with short reflections from Pope Francis’ encyclical Lumen Fidei and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s encyclical Spe Salvi.
The concert will take place on Wednesday, December 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the Tony and Nina Gentile Gallery, J.C. Williams Center, at Franciscan University.
Ewell is a soprano who has performed as a soloist with several orchestras. In 2001, she sang at a private audience for Blessed Pope John Paul II.
She will perform with Dr. Joseph McCanna, a composer and improviser who has performed professionally as a pianist, organist, and conductor for twenty years. The two collaborated on Ewell’s 2011 album, Christmas Presence.
The concert is co-sponsored by Franciscan University's Department of Fine Arts and Franciscan University Students for Life, who will take up a free-will collection for Image Clear Ultrasound Mobile, operated by the Akron-based Pregnancy Solutions and Services. The organization provides free pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, and counseling to women in need.