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Christmas Carols at Church of OLR Carries Message of Peace
[2011-12-29 13:23:19]

Value of PEACE, LOVE and UNITY was restated on Wednesday (28) evening when Security Forces Headquarters - Jaffna organized “Christmas Carols 2011”, the most spectacular show in Jaffna in chill December celebrating the Birth of Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace.

A large crowd of Catholics and people of other religious faiths gathered to the OLR (Our Lady of Refuge) Church on the Hospital Road, attractively decorated and abundantly illuminated, to listen to devotional songs for more than two hours.

Prior to the commencement of Christmas Carols, at invitation of Commander Security Forces - Jaffna Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe, the Bishop Jaffna Most Rev. Fr. Dr. Thomas Saundranayagam unveiled the model of cattle-shed created by the soldiers opposite the OLR Church.

After lighting the traditional coconut oil lamp by distinguished guests, Sri Lanka Army Band together with school and church choirs sang a number of Tamil, Sinhala and English Christmas songs while many a Santa Claus walked about distributing Christmas gifts to all children present.

St Mary’s College of Jaffna, Roman Catholic School of Navanthurai, St. Roche’s Roman Catholic Vidyalaya of Jaffna, St. Theresa Convent of Atchuvely, Kannan Cathedral of Iruppalai, “Friends” Coir of Gurunagar, Church of American Ceylon Mission of Alaveddy, Church of South India of Chankanai and Maryville Girls’ Home of Atchuvely sang devotional songs with the Sri Lanka Army band.

In appreciation of their contribution in singing Christmas songs, Certificates were given to all participants by the Chief Guest Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe and the Bishop Jaffna who praised Security Forces for all community welfare work they do for the people of Jaffna.

Firework display that followed the main event fascinated everyone, especially children.

Ven. Meegahajandure Sirivimala thero of Sri Naga Vihara, Jaffna Adeenan Srilasri Somsuntharadesika Paramacharya Swamigal, Jaffna Maulavi Rev. M.I.Mohammad, a large number of Catholic priests, Government Agent Jaffna Mrs. Emelda Sukumar, District Court Judge Mr. A Premasankar, senior military and Police officers and civilians from various areas in Jaffna witnessed the event.

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