the value of peace and love and displaying religious harmony in
Jaffna, thousands of Christians and people of other religious
denominations gathered to one audience to witness Christmas Carol
2012 organized by the Security Forces Jaffna (SF-J) at “Our Lady
of Refuge” (OLR) church, Jaffna on 2nd January 2013 evening.
annual religious event organized by the Headquarters SF-J with
coordination of the Jaffna Bishop House commenced, the Bishop
Jaffna Most Rev. Fr. Dr. Thomas Sauntharanayagam and the Commander
SF-J Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe unveiled a cow-shed put
up close to the venue of the main event.
At the inauguration
of the 2012 Christmas Carol service, invited guests lit the traditional
coconut oil lamp. Lighting the oil lamp was followed by launch
of “Holy Mary TV”, the new Christian Chanel belonging to ASK Media,
by Most Rev. Fr. Dr. Thomas Sauntharanayagam and Maj. Gen. Mahinda
Hathurusinghe at invitation of Mr. S.S. Kuhanathan, Director ASK
was conducted by Rev Fr. Micheal Sauntharanayagam of St. Xavier
Convent of Our Lady of Lanka of Atchuvely, St. Patrick College
Jaffna, Cannan Cathedral Iruppalai, St, Mary’s College Jaffna,
St Anne’s Roman Catholic Tamil Mixed School Manippay, Holy Family
Convent Jaffna, Assembly of God Kondavil, St. Rock Roman Catholic
Vidyalaya, Church of South India Uduvil, Navanthurai Roman Catholic
School, Vembady Girls’ High School Jaffna and National Christen
Fellowship of Sri Lanka sang devotional songs to the music of
addressing the gathering appreciated the effort and interest taken
by the Army to organize Christmas Carol.
Santa Clause who joined the event thrilled the crowd with their
dance and pleased children giving away Christmas gifts.
as usual, was marked with a fabulous firework display.
Srilasri Somsunthar Thesika Paramacharya Swamigal, Mayoress Jaffna
Mrs. Yogeswari Pathgunarasa, District Judge Mr. A.A. Anantharaja,
Magistrate Jaffna Mr. P. Sivakumar, senior government officials
and a large crowd witnessed the event.