Poster Christmas at Luther College
Christmas at Luther College from 2011.
Courtesy of Luther College

Christmas at Luther: Awake! and Greet the New Morn

Christmas at Luther

Each December, the Center for Faith and Life at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, rings out with the sacred and the exuberant: the sounds of the Christmas season.


Introit: Themes for “Morning has Broken” and “Arise, Your Light has Come”

Commissioned for Christmas at Luther 2021 Composed by Terre Johnson

Performed by the Symphony Orchestra


Arise, Your Light has Come

Words and Music by David Danner, Orchestration by Joshua Shank

Performed by the Combined Choirs, Symphony Orchestra and Luther Ringers (Organ)


Brightest and Best

Arranged by Shawn Kichner, Text by Reginald Heber

Performed by Norskkor


What Sweeter Music

Eleanor Daley, Text by Robert Herrick

Performed by Aurora


Lost in the Night

Arranged by F. Melius Christiansen

Performed by Nordic Choir


Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 140: IV. Zion hortdie Wachter singen

J.S. Bach, Text by Phillip Nicolai

Performed by Combined Tenors/Basses and Symphony Orchestra


I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light

Arranged by Cathy Mokelbust / James C. Smith

Performed by the Luther Ringers


Glory Hallelujah to Duh Newbo’n King!

Arranged by Rosephanye Powell, ed. William Powell

Performed by Norskkor


Abreme la Puerta

Arranged by Christian Grases, Poetic Translation by Alondra Pinto and Mark Potvin

Performed by Cathedral Choir


Fantasia in C Minor, Op. 80, “Choral Fantasy”: Allegretto, ma non troppo (Quasi andante con moto)

Ludwig Van Beethoven, Text by Christoph Johann Anton Kuffner

Performed by Cathedral Choir, Collegiate Chorale, Nordic Choir and the Symphony Orchestra


St. Francis’ Prayer

Margaret Bonds, Text attributed to St Francis of Assisi

Performed by Collegiate Chorale


Threads of Joy

Tim Brent and Amanda Quist, Text by Laura Foley

Performed by the Cathedral Choir


Wexford Carol

Arranged by Elaine Hagenberg, Orchestration by Jeremy Bankson for Christmas at Luther 2021

Performed by Combined Choirs, Symphony Orchestra and Organ

Jubilate Deo: I. Jubilate Deo

Dan Forrest, Text from Psalm 100, Latin Vulgate

Performed by Combined Choirs, Symphony Orchestra and Organ

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