MONTREAT, NC – On Friday and Saturday, December 10 and 11 at 7 p.m., the Music Program of the Fine Arts Department of Montreat College will present its annual Christmas Concert in the chapel. Admission is free and open to the public. The program will feature the Montreat College Choir as well as performances by instrumental ensembles and instrumental and vocal soloists.
The Chapel of the Prodigal is open for those who want to come and pray or for visitors who wish to see the fresco and experience the chapel for the first time. The chapel is also often known as an intimate place of worship on campus, where students, faculty, or people in the community can gather. “The Chapel is a symbol of the Mission Statement of the college, which states that we seek to equip agents of transformation, renewal, and reconciliation,” says Teresa Price, the Director of Auxiliary Services at Montreat College. In addition, though it is barely a decade old, it has been included as one of only 22 sites named as “Heritage Treasures of Western North Carolina” by the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area web site.
Last month UNC-TV featured Montreat College’s Chapel of the Prodigal on its “Our State” program. The series discusses the fifteen frescoes created by world-renowned artist Benjamin Long in Montreat and in other western North Carolina locations. Long’s painting has always intended to be a centerpiece to turn visitors’ hearts toward this beautiful story of reconciliation, depicting the reunion of the Prodigal Son after he returns to his father’s home. So, it is with great honor and pride that we join with UNC-TV on this program.
The Chapel of the Prodigal’s hours for November are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. It is closed for the weekends from November through March. Docent-led tours are available as well. To arrange a tour, call Teresa Price at 828-669-8012, extension 3821.