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Sankta Lucia Service

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Category: Celebration
Start date: 07 Dec 2017 11:15 AM
End date: 07 Dec 2017 12:00 PM
Street / Location: Samuelson Chapel, 165 Chapel Lane
City / town: Thousand Oaks
Country: California, USA
Organizer: California Lutheran University, Office of Campus Ministry
Email: elohrmyers@callutheran.edu
Phone: 805-493-3228
Homepage: https://www.callutheran.edu/calendar/event/4073#event

The ceremony of Sankta Lucia pays homage to the Christian martyr who died at the stake on Dec. 13, 304 A.D. The tradition, brought to America by Swedish immigrants, has been part of the university's holiday celebrations since its early years. The festival honors the character traits of mercy, humility and purity of heart, as seen in the Beatitudes in the Gospel of Matthew.

Undergraduate students select five female and five male representatives whose depth of character and faith make them leaders in the Cal Lutheran community. Lucia, her attendants and their escorts enter to an ancient hymn and read an adaptation of the legend. Attendants then light the candles in Lucia's crown.

Admission is free.