The Christmas Carol service for the year 2019 was held on 20th of December, Friday evening at ICSK-Salmiya, with a spectacular theme
‘മാഹാത്ഭുതം’ - ഇതാ മനുഷ്യരോടുകൂടെ ദൈവത്തിന്റെ കൂടാരം;
(WONDROUS – Tabernacle of God is with His people).
Our vicar, Rev. Jiji Mathew, in his presidential address highlighted the importance of celebrating a meaningful Christmas.
Rev. Johnson Mathew (Director, Kattanam Mar Thoma Mission hospital) delivered the Christmas message. He emphasized and encouraged Christian communities including Churches to jointly face the challenges in order to reiterate our Christian faith in our present age context. He said that it’s our primary responsibility to uphold the social values and to co-exist with other communities.
The Choir office bearers along with the Parish office bearers, and Kaisthana samithy arranged to present the program in a beautiful and colourful Christmas mood alongside a festive spirit.
While the Senior choir presented a mix of melodious Malayalam and English carols, the Junior choir had presented two songs. It was indeed a ‘feast’ to watch the little ones presenting a Malayalam classical song of Mahakavi K.V. Simon and a western English prayer song.
The senior choir was conducted by choir leader Mathew C. Oommen & assistant choir leader Andrews Cherian; while the Junior choir was conducted by its leader Jerina Susan Mathew.
The choir conductors were instrumental in triggering the zest and enthusiasm for the carols service.
A unique attraction was the Nigerian carol presented to the tunes of African music. Choristers and drummers gave a pragmatic flair to the evening by eloquently presenting the Nigerian carol ‘Bethelehemu’. Choristers were instrumental in reflecting the spirit of African tunes. Indeed, it was a true manifestation of talents.
The program commenced with a procession of the choiristers on to the stage. The packed ICSK auditorium sung festive carols and listened to Bible readings prophesying the birth of baby Jesus and the coming of the Saviour. Delicious Christmas cakes baked by the Savikasanghom was served after singing the ‘Silent Night’ in candlelight.
Earlier, the welcome address was given by Parish vice president C.M Philip. The program closed out with a vote of thanks by Parish Secretary Mon Mathews C which was followed by prayer and benediction by Rev. Yeshudasan.
Malankara Church was never under any foreign rule and give the authority and Church possessions to a foreign Patriarch.