The Gregorian Institute Shield, composed of the crossed gold and silver keys of the Papal Insignia, an open book with the words 'Via Veritas Vita' ('The Way, the Truth, and the Life') written on its pages, three golden six-sided stars on a red banner, and a Germanic cross.


WATCH: Be Still … Lessons and Carols Is Dec. 3

A longstanding Advent tradition at Benedictine College, Lessons and Carols will take place Dec. 3 at 7:30 (prelude at 7:15) in St. Benedict’s Abbey Church. It is free and open to the public.

Modeled after the traditional Christmas Eve Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, originated in Cambridge, England in 1918, this service includes Old Testament readings and Advent hymns that prepare the congregation for  Christ’s birth.

The nine lessons will be interspersed with congregational singing of familiar Christmas carols and hymns, and special selections by the college choirs. Members of the college community will recite scripture readings followed by special anthems by the Liturgical Choir.

The Benedictine College Music Department, along with the Office of Mission & Ministry  present the annual concert, with a prelude by the Benedictine Brass.

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Benedictine College


Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas. The school is proud to have been named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report as well as one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide. It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging. It has a mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.