By Abuchi Onwumelu
St. Patrick’s Catholic Cathedral, Awka, was last Tuesday, 11th December, filled to capacity for the Maiden Edition of Bishop’s Carol organized under the auspices of Angelic Voices Foundation in collaboration with Awka Diocesan Catholic Education Commission, reports Abuchi Onwumelu.
The festival attracted the Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, His Lordship Most Rev. Paulinus Ezeokafor, the clergy, laity, students and other stakeholders under Awka Diocesan Catholic Education Commission.
It was a soul warming and highly enriched spiritual event as students from various schools, dressed in different uniforms, sang sonorously, while praise-songs and sound emanating from wooden flutes added glamour to the event.
In his speech, Bishop Ezeokafor said the Festival of Carol of Nine Lessons was a service of Christian worship celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ.
The Local Ordinary expressed joy over the festival, noting that it would create opportunities to harness young talents. He thanked the organizers of the programme, even as he prayed for its sustenance.
In his speech, the initiator of the programme, Dr George-Franklin Umeh, explained that the reason behind the carol was to build a stronger relationship between the bishop, Catholic students and youths, adding that it was also aimed at reviving the rich traditional Catholic Igbo Christmas songs contained in the Igbo Catholic Hymn Book and more.
In a remark, the Education Secretary of Awka Diocese, Rev Fr Hillary Nwajagu, commended the organizers for creating a platform to enhance social integration and spiritual renaissance of the youth.
The event climaxed with musical rendition from Angelic Voices Foundation, Awka and carol songs from students.