Last Week's Candlelight Service


While the rest of Lewisburg was getting soggy in the early December rain, those of us who were able to get tickets were feeling the Holiday Spirit in Rooke Chapel, the halls of which were fully decked in boughs of holly. Last week, on Friday, December 5th, I attended the first of the three Rooke Chapel Candlelight Services of 2014.  The Rooke Chapel Choir and Rooke Chapel Ringers have yet to do anything but blow me away.

After a Bells and Organ Prelude consisting of Festive Praises, Gesu Bambino, and A Nativity Suite, The Rooke Chapel Choir arrived with Once in Royal David’s City, soloed by the always exquisite Taylor Schumann ‘16 on Friday night-- Daisy Bourne ‘15 and Colleen McGonigle ‘17 will be the featured soloists for this piece on Sunday and Tuesday night, respectively.

I do not want to give anything away because so much of the magic of the evening is rooted in the little surprises that the Choir and Ringers sneak into the Service, but I will let you in on some of my favorite songs.

Picking a favorite song--or three, really--from last night is tough for me because every time I thought I had a favorite, the next song that the Ringers or Choir would perform would consistently be so incredible that I would have to put it on the same level as my last favorite.  You can imagine the trouble, but, alas, I have narrowed it down to my two favorite Choir songs and my two favorite Ringers songs:


  1. Silent Night; soloist: Friday: Joanna Malaszcyk ‘15, Sunday: Sarah Pelosi ‘15, and Tuesday: Megan Ritchie ‘16
  2. When Rooks Fly Homeward


  1. Good Christian Men, Rejoice
  2.  Emmanuel Bell Carol

Other featured soloists from the Rooke Chapel Candlelight Service include: Allison Aaron ‘16, Ellie Frazier ‘15, Darren Kusar ‘16, and James Scott ‘18 with their unbelievable blend; Claire Abram ‘15, Melissa Replogle ‘15, Katie Long ‘15, and Colleen McGonigle for Jesus Christ, the Apple Tree; and Samuel Robinson ‘15 on the organ for Toccata (Symphony No. 5).

I had a beautiful night thanks to the Rooke Chapel Ringers and Rooke Chapel Choir, the Candlelight Service and, most importantly, Bucknell University would not be the same without them.

Additional “thank you” to all else who help to make the Christmas Candlelight Service possible every year.

Happy Holidays!


(Photo credit: Daisy Bourne's Instagram)


Bucknell NewsMorgan Klein