LAHORE – Silent night! holy night!

All is calm all is bright

Round yon virgin mother and child

Holy infant so tender and mild

Sleep in heavenly peace!

Sleep in heavenly peace

These and many other carols like ‘Once in Royal David’s city’, ‘Joy to the world’, ‘We three kinds of orient are’ are centuries old. The lyrics of these carols came alive on today in the evening during the special candle light carol service held at Lahore Cathedral when the choir and congregation sang to the top of their voices in unison.

The special service held to celebrate the season of Christmas was led by The very Revd Shahid P Mehraj, the dean of Lahore Cathedral. There was Bible reading after the singing each carol. Carols were sung in English, Urdu and Punjabi. The children of Sunday School presented tableau about Christmas. Santa Claus also entered the church and distributed gifts, chocolates and sweets among the children. Besides the church choir two special songs were presented by FCC Alumni Choir. The benediction was given by Bishop Rt Rev Irfan Jamil. The message of love and peace and how to ensure the true spirit of celebrating Christmas was shared with the congregation.