“Wait for the Lord, whose day is near; wait for the Lord, be strong take heart.” This was the theme for the Luminarias Celebration, which took place this past Sunday, Dec. 9, at St. Paul’s. The reason for hosting the annual Luminaria Celebration is to bring the community together and light the way for the Christ child.
Student Council and National Honor Society spent much of the day Sunday spreading candles throughout campus for the event. Candles were spread around campus coming up LaSalle Drive, encircled the pond, and all through the pathways of campus.
Members of the community gathered in Founders Circle at 6:00 p.m. and were given candles. Visitors walked around enjoying the lights and Christmas carols led by the Liturgical Band. Numerous people from the community drove through LaSalle Drive with their lights off to enjoy all of the lights, as well.
A tradition of the Luminarias Celebration is to choose a word and spell it out in candles in the stands of Hunter Stadium, but the word is kept a secret until that night. This year’s word was chosen by school Vice President Justin Elzy: spero, the Latin word for “hope.”
“I chose this word because I thought it was the perfect word for Christmas,” explains Elzy, noting that the Christ child offered the world hope for salvation.
After caroling, a prayer service was held in the chapel, with liturgical music led by the Liturgical Band and bible passages read by Lasallian Youth Leaders. Also, during the ceremony, Elzy gave a reflection on the word “spero.” The service was led by LYL Vice President Brian Schmitt.
During the service, St. Paul’s drama teacher Denny Charbonnet invited children to light candles from the advent wreath. And as everyone participated in the prayer of peace, their light was spread through the room with everyone lighting their candles and passing the light on.
After the prayer service, a reception was held in the cafeteria by the mothers club, which included a Christmas concert by the SPS Jazz Band.