Some hope for the season

Some hope for the season

CAROL SERVICE 

In harmony: The members of the BCWCC Choir.  The campus of Bishop Cotton Women’s Christian College (BCWCC) was decked with bright lights and Christmas decorations as the college held a Christmas carol service with the theme — ‘Hope For The Ages’.

The chief guest for the event was Rev Raj Bharath Patta, general secretary, Student Christian Movement and the BCWCC Choir performed a number of carols under the guidance of choir directors Shantha Solomon and Esther Prasanakumar from the department of english.

The programme started with an opening prayer by Rita Josephine, faculty, department of english followed by a congregational hymn. Soon the principal of the college, Dr Joyce Sunder addressed the gathering and spoke about how one should reach out to the needy throughout the year and not just Christmas. Post a Bible reading, it was time for the guest choir, the choir of Christ University, to entertain one and all with their performance. As they performed the Christmas carols, they added their own elements to them in the form of rapping and beatboxing.

Post this, the BCWCC Choir came on stage to perform ‘Hope Of The Ages’ and ‘Our Day Of Joy Is Here Again’. This was followed by a choreography titled ‘What Child Is This?’ which depicted the birth of Christ. Then the choir performed melodious carols like ‘How Great Is Our Joy’, ‘Great Day In Bethelham’ and ‘Joy Joy Unspeakable’.

After the students, it was time for the staff choir to perform ‘Merry Christmas Bells Are Ringing’ and a congregational hymn called ‘Hark! The Herald Angels Sing’. Post this, the chief guest Raj Bharath Patta addressed the gathering and spoke about the spirit of the season. “Like what Oxygen is for lungs, hope is for humanity,” he said.

“Hope is deeper than a wish. It’s not based on probabilities but a certainty,” he added. “If Deepavali is the festival of lights, Christmas is the festival of songs. Christmas should challenge us to address issues like homelessness,” he noted.

This was followed by a melodious duet ‘Mary Did You Know?’, which was performed by Esther, a student and Charita, a faculty member. Then lights were switched off and candles were distributed to the audience as the BCWCC students performed with LED lights to ‘Hope Is A Candle’.

Post a medley of Christmas carols like ‘Deck The Halls’, ‘Go Tell It On The Mountains’ and ‘Jingle Bells’ and also ‘Hawaiian Christmas’ and ‘Irish Christmas’, the event came to an end.

Those who attended the programme were delighted to experience the spirit of the season.
Said Siddharth, a student, “The Christ University Choir brought something special to the stage. Their piano work was great and elevated them to a different level altogether.  Even the BCWCC Choir was good. The duet ‘Mary Did You Know?’ was really nice.”

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