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November 22, 2011

I would like to invite you to the State Capitol Lighting Ceremony, on the evening of Saturday, December 3.

I have been given the honor and privilege of offering the invocation at the beginning of the ceremony (approx. 5:25 PM). This will be another opportunity to declare the Excellencies of Christ, at a time when many will pause to consider God’s incomparable grace gift.

According to the Secretary of State, the tradition of the ceremony dates back to 1938, when then—Secretary of State Crip Hall decided to light the Capitol as a gift to young patients at the Arkansas Children’s Infirmary—now Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

Some of the attractions will include penguins from the Little Rock Zoo, fireworks, live music, and an opportunity to enter the Capitol rotunda to view the Christmas decorations. After the ceremony, children will have an opportunity to visit with Santa.

Below is an approximate itinerary:

  • 3:00 Parade Begins

  • 5:25 - 6:00 Ceremony

  • 6:00 - 8:00 Visit with Santa

To God be the glory--great things HE has done!


Jason Palermo
State Director, Arkansas