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St. Olaf College welcomes dean of Nidaros Catheral for Christmas chapel

The Rev. Ragnhild Jepsen, dean of the Nidaros Cathedral in  Trondheim, Norway, offered the benediction for the Norsk  Julegudstjeneste chapel service at St. Olaf College on December 9. Metro Lutheran photo: Bob Hulteen

The Rev. Ragnhild Jepsen, dean of the Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim, Norway, offered the benediction for the Norsk Julegudstjeneste chapel service at St. Olaf College on December 9. Metro Lutheran photo: Bob Hulteen

St. Olaf College offers daily chapel for students and staff as a time of inspiration for body, mind, and spirit, as well as a quiet harbor in a busy day. On December 9, 2013, the Norsk Julegudstjeneste was also a time to celebrate the Norwegian heritage of the school’s founders.

The Rev. Ragnhild Jepsen, dean of Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim, Norway, preached. She reminded students of the college’s namesake, and the fact the Nidaros Cathedral is the site of St. Olaf’s grave. She told students that though Olaf was a thoroughly a Viking, “he surrendered to something bigger when he died.”

Jepsen also presented to the St. Olaf community a copy of a new Norwegian hymnal, because “we are a singing church,” she said.

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