Moody’s annual Candlelight Carols runs its 61st year

by Brennan McCarthy staff writer

People pack the sanctuary of The Moody Church each year to enjoy Moody Bible Institute’s annual Christmas production, Candlelight Carols. The production runs Dec. 4 and 5 this year and will be performed for more than 12,000 people in three performances.

Candlelight Carols is the Music Department’s largest production. It is the only time in the whole year when the entire music department gathers together to put on one show. The choirs, percussion, band, drama and others all work together to create one diverse yet cohesive production. According to Eric Reyes, junior music major, the unique elements of music and drama all flow together in a way that powerfully tells the Christmas story.Jonas Ganz | freelance

Junior music major Jacob Schweizer says his favorite part of Candlelight Carols is “seeing everybody’s hard work come together in one giant spectacular performance.”

Since 1954, Moody church members and MBI students have attended the production, but many more people from the city attend as well. Some families have made watching Candlelight Carols a tradition.

The performances are evangelistic in nature, providing an opportunity for many Chicagoans to be exposed to the gospel for the first time. An altar call is given at the end of each show.

Show times are at 8 p.m. on Dec. 4 and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Dec. 5.

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