St. Lucia Crowned at Thabor

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Hannah Seagren(center) was crowned St. Lucia during the annual festival of lights held at Thabor Lutheran Church, Wausa. She was honored with other high school senior girls Toni Lange (left) and Kayla Munter(right) at the event.

Hannah Seagren(center) was crowned St. Lucia during the annual festival of lights held at Thabor Lutheran Church, Wausa. She was honored with other high school senior girls Toni Lange (left) and Kayla Munter(right) at the event.

Three high school senior girls were honored at Thabor Lutheran Church, Sunday, December 19, 2010, during the St. Lucia festival held during worship with the Sunday School Program.

Thabor Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America sponsor the annual celebration of the Swedish tradition “Luciadagen”, by crowning a Queen of Lights or St. Lucia. Through the years, December 13 has opened the Christmas season in Sweden with the celebration of this day as a Festival of Lights — a day beginning the journey to the lowly manger where the Father of Lights, Jesus Christ, lay that first Christmas morning. Each Swedish home has its own Queen of Light — St  Lucia, the eldest daughter of the household rises early and serves her family coffee and cookies.

Since 1962 at Thabor Lutheran Church, Wausa, one of the senior girls is chosen to be St. Lucia. She wears a white robe, signifying purity, with a red sash, representing the blood that flowed from her heart, already given to her Christ according to the legend of St Lucia. She wears the lighted crown representing Christian virtue. Each candle on the crown represents the Christian life of St. Lucia –faith, purity, kindness, obedience humility,
hope and love.

Thabor WELCA president, Jo Ann Kumm explained how active all three of the high school seniors were in their faith at church and in the community making the decision difficult. Hannah Seagren was crowned the 2010 St. Lucia. Her court included the other two senior girls, Kayla Munter and Toni Lange and the other high school girls at Thabor Lutheran Church.

All three seniors have been active in the church’s youth groups, in the church music programs, Sunday School and Vacation Bible School teaching assistants and music assistants, community service projects, worship assistants, confirmation camp and participate regularly in the worship services at Thabor. They have all been active in their schools and their community.  Kayla, daughter of Cristi and Dennis Munter and Toni, daughter of Sondie Lange and Chip Lange have participated in the Nebraska Synod ELCA Youth Mission trip. Hannah, daughter of John and Myrna Seagren, has been a counselor at Glad Tidings Bible Camp. Seagren is employed at Country Market, Bloomfield.  Munter is employed at the Bloomfield Good Samaritan Society and has been a lifeguard at the Wausa Swimming Pool. Lange has been employed as a lifeguard at the Wausa Swimming Pool too.

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