The eagerly anticipated Josephian Carol Service under the timely theme “DONA NOBIS PACEM” will take place on Sunday 2nd December 2018 at 6.30 pm at the Stanley Abeysekera Auditorium.
Led by the 7S strong senior choir of the college well known as St Cecilia’s Choir, the event will bring together over 200 singers and musicians.
The service will commence with the “CANON in C”starting with the plea “DONA NOBIS PACEM” and “Come Thou Long Expected Jesus”, announcing the entrance procession. The choir will also sing the evergreen Namo Mariyeni, the majestic “Be Exulted” and the German version of “Silent Night” to mark the 200th anniversary of the most loved carol on earth. They will sing BABA JETU (The Lord’s Prayer in an African Language) and the glorious chorus from Handel’s Messiah - “For unto Us a Child is Born”, as well as the song “Do You Know It’s Christmas Time At All” highlighting the suffering of the poor and needy in the world.
The college brass band will herald the opening of the event with the “Christmas Overture”. As is customary the 60 strong primary choir with angelic voices will sing sweetly, whilst the 40 member teachers choir will render two popular Carols. Another interesting feature of the ]osephian Carols will be the involvement of the 30 member award winning Old lees Choir-gold medalists in World Choir Games, who too will sing two classical compositions. Rev Fr Ivan Perera the General Manager of the Archdiocesan Catholic Schools will deliver a Christmas message and impart his blessings.
Rev. Fr Travis Gabriel the Rector of St. Joseph’s College for the continued assistance given to organize this Carol service in a very meaningful manner and Mr. Francis de Almeida the choral Director for guiding and leading the St. Cecilia’s Choir.
There will be a fellowship after the carols service at the school quadrangle.
All are invited to participate and gain from the memorable Josephian Carol Service. (Entrance is Free)