This year’s Carols by Candlelight service had been a long time coming.
TCU Worship Team President Rachel Rebagay said this year’s event was a bit of a holdover from last year when they were forced to cancel because of weather.
“We had everything planned but we couldn’t perform because of the [ice storm],” said Rebagay.
This year’s Carols by Candlelight service didn’t seem to skip a beat.
The event was organized by Allison Lanza, associate chaplain to the university, and Rachel Rebagay, TCU Worship Team president.
The TCU Frog Corps, TCU Women’s Choir and the TCU Worship Team all had a part in the musical performances of the night. The audience also pitched in for a few songs as Robert Carr Chapel’s organist, Joseph Butler, played classic Christmas hymns.
The Rev. Angela Kaufman opened the night with prayer and closed with benediction.
Monday also officially marked the first day of finals at TCU.
“In a way it’s hard for students to get involved because it’s finals week,” said Lanza, “But I think it offers them a nice respite.”
Between classics like Amy Grant’s “Breath of Heaven (Mary’s Song)” and hymns like “Angels We Have Heard on High,” worship leaders read passages from the books of Luke, Matthew and Isaiah.
After the service, hot chocolate and small snacks were served on the Robert Carr Chapel lawn.
“We planned something really special,” said Lanza, “and we try to mix it up every year.”
This year’s will be hard to beat. The Frog Corps even closed with an extra something for the crowd. They sang “Jingle Bells” while dancing and closing with their famous Frogs Up!