Julotta will be held at Augustana Luterna Church in Andover on Dec. 25

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

The 164th annual Jullota (early morning Christmas service) will be held at Augustana Lutheran Church in Andover at 6:30 a.m. on December 25. The service is preceded by a period of caroling by the senior choir and congregation. At 7 a.m. the service with Holy Communion begins in candlelight darkness and ends with the dawn of Christmas morning. The senior choir will sing a traditional Christmas anthem in Swedish. The liturgy and sermon by Pastor Jan Veseth will be in English.

The service is held in a setting similar to that used by the congregation in the 1870's when the "new" church building was completed to replace the overcrowded first structure, later named the Jenny Lind Chapel. As worshipers arrive to celebrate Jesus' birthday, candles illuminate the pews, and a large Christmas tree stands in the front of the sanctuary.

Two Christmas Eve services will also be held: a family service at 3 p.m. at Augustana Church, and a community candlelight service with special music at the historic Jenny Lind Chapel.