TV to Broadcast One of Four Duke Chapel Christmas Eve Services

Services will be held at 2, 4, 6 and 11 p.m., with the final one being broadcast live on News 14

The Durham Children's Choir sang at a Christmas Eve service last year.
The Durham Children's Choir sang at a Christmas Eve service last year.

Duke Chapel will hold four Christmas Eve worship services, including a live, statewide telecast of the final service.

The first service begins at 2 p.m. Dec. 24 and is suited for families with young children. A Service of Carols and Holy Communion, with Duke Chapel Dean Luke Powery preaching, starts at 4 p.m. A Service of Worship, with Christmas carols, the Amalgam brass ensemble, and sermon from the dean, starts at 6 p.m. The traditional Service of Lessons and Carols begins at 11 p.m., with an instrumental prelude at 10:30 p.m.

All the events are free and open to the public. Attendees of the last service should plan to arrive at least 30 minutes in advance, as seats often fill up.

"Christmas is a wonderful time where people from all walks of life come together not only to receive the gift of the God-child, but also to bear their gifts for this child," Powery said. "So we come to Duke Chapel -- university people, community people, young and old, black and white, high church, low church and no church -- to find divinity wrapped in human clothes, to meet the child of Mary, the King of Glory."

Those not attending can watch the final service live in most parts of the state on News 14 Carolina, available on Time Warner Cable channels 14, 114, 414, 1114 or 1414, beginning at 11 p.m.

"News 14 Carolina and Time Warner Cable are happy to provide Duke Chapel's live Christmas Eve telecast for our viewers across the state," said Alan Mason, vice president and general manager for News 14 Carolina. "Many people cannot attend a church service in person and this treasured service is our gift to them."

All four services also will be webcast on the chapel website, the Duke University Ustream channel and the Duke Chapel YouTube Channel (click on the live tab).