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.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.