Duke Chapel will hold three Christmas Eve worship services in Page Auditorium on Duke’s West Campus. The final service will be broadcast live throughout North Carolina through a collaboration with Time Warner Cable News North Carolina (TWC News North Carolina).
The first service begins at 2 p.m. Dec. 24 and will be an interactive children’s service. At 5:30 p.m. is a service with Christmas carols, the Durham Children’s Choir, the Amalgam brass ensemble and a sermon from Duke Chapel Dean Luke Powery; communion will be offered immediately after the service. The traditional service of Lessons and Carols begins at 11 p.m., with an instrumental prelude at 10:30 p.m.
All the services 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. Parking will be available in the Bryan Center Parking Garage, but is limited.
The final service will be broadcast live in most parts of the state on TWC News North Carolina, channels 14 or 200, beginning at 11 p.m.
“Time Warner Cable News North Carolina is very pleased to continue providing viewers across the state with a live telecast of Duke Chapel’s Christmas Eve service,” said Craig Hume, TWC’s senior regional director of news. “This is a very special celebration of the holiday season that we want to offer to our viewers.”
Members of the public are invited to sing in the choir during the 11 p.m. service. There is an open choir rehearsal 7-9 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 21, and a required rehearsal at 9 p.m. on Christmas Eve, both in Page Auditorium.
“This Christmas the testimony of the Gospel of John is as poignant as ever: ‘The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it,’” Powery said. “It is my prayer that even amid darkness the Christ-child, who is ‘the light of all people,’ will once again illuminate our hearts and minds.”
All three services will be webcast on the chapel website, Duke Today and the Duke Chapel YouTube Channel. They will also be broadcast on the Duke Hospital cable TV channel 12 and the Duke Chapel channel on the Duke campus TV system. The final service will also be broadcast on WDNC Radio 620 AM.