Two Blair County judges will participate in an Advent service Sunday at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, sponsored by the Altoona Area Christian Coalition.
Blair County President Judge Jolene G. Kopriva will provide her reflections on the Scripture of the day.
That Scripture will be read by Judge Elizabeth Doyle.
Pastor Richard Henry of Altoona, retired from the United Church of Christ, Indiana Conference, said the service to begin at 3 p.m. is open to the public.
Many leaders of the community also have been invited, Henry said.
Blair County Sheriff Mitchell Cooper, State Sen. John H. Eichelberger Jr., R-Blair, and leaders from business and nonprofit agencies have been asked to attend, Henry said.
The purpose of the service is to offer the people of the Altoona area hope for the upcoming year.
Kopriva, who is serving in her third term as a judge in the Court of Common Pleas, called Advent in the Christian community "The Season of Hope."
Advent, which is Latin for coming, is a time to get ready, a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus.
It is also the beginning of a new liturgical calendar in some Christian traditions.
The Advent service has been held for the past six years, and Kopriva said she tries to support the effort.
Readings will be given by members of the clergy, Henry said.
The Scripture this year talks about "judging people," which is the reason why two members of the Blair bench have been asked to participate, Henry said.
The Scripture to be read by Judge Doyle, Isaiah 11: 3-8, is well known.
It states in part: "And righteousness shall judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth: with the rod of his mouth, and the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.
"And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins.
"The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. ..."
Doyle, who will attend the service for the first time, said Henry invited the judges, and she said of her participation, "It was "just the right thing to do."