Mangaluru: As the season of Advent a time for the Christians to prepare for the great feast of Christmas began the Saint Anthony’s Ashram Jeppu organized ‘Christa Namana’ a programme comprising of Christmas Carols and Kannada Tableau depicting the scenes of birth of Jesus, the Prince of Peace.
The programme was inaugurated at Saint Anthony’s Ashram by Mayor Bhaskara Moily, letting off the pigeons as a symbol of peace into the air. In his message, he said that Christmas is a feast which is celebrated by all and this celebration brings people together.
“May the celebration of Christmas promote peace and harmony in the society”, he said.
Circle Inspector S.K. Sharif the flagged off the tableau.
In his message, he wished that the joy of Christmas, be spread through Carol singing and tableau and make people happy.
Deputy Mayor Mohammed K, former mayors Jacintha Alfred and Ashraf, former deputy mayor Namitha D. Rao, Sub-Inspector of Pandeshwar Police Station Rajendra, Sub-Inspector, Traffic Manjula were present on the occasion and wished success for the programme.
The programme was held on two days that is on Saturday, December 1, at Deralakatte Junction and Thokkottu bus stand and on Sunday, December 2, at Panambur Beach and Kadri Park.
Most Rev Dr Aloysius Paul D’Souza the Bishop Emeritus of Mangalore addressed the gathering near Kadri Park.
In his message, he said that Jesus Christ the Son of God became a human being and shared his divinity with all of us. Through this great act of sharing Jesus has shown us that when we share, we help to build a harmonious society and that leads to true happiness.
He invited the assembled people to follow Jesus in sharing the resources with the less fortunate and said that it was the true spirit of Christmas and a true celebration of Christmas.
Around 50 artists participated in the carol singing and tableau under the leadership of Vincent Fernandes of ‘MogachiLahra’ and Melwyn Dias of Panir.
Vincent D’Souza from Kokkada was the Santa Claus who went around distributing sweets and whispering the message of Christmas.
The joy of Christmas was also shared by distributing cake to all.
Fr Onil D’Souza the Director of Ashram, Fr Thrishan D’Souza the Asst Director, Fr Denis Suares the Parsh Priest of Panir Church, Fr Vincent Sylvester Lobo the Asst Administrator of Father Muller Homeopathy Medical College, Fr Elias D’Souza of Nithyadar Nagar Church were present.
A large number of sisters and thousands of people viewed the programme.
Lavita Menezes compered the programme.