On Sunday last, 18 December, the Annual Mount St Joseph and Cistercian College Roscrea Christmas Carol Service was held in the Abbey Church. The church was packed to capacity for the occasion – a congregation of over 750 people was led in the carols by a choir of fifty students from First and Sixth Years and the College Chamber Choir, accompanied by the College Orchestra and a Brass Ensemble, all directed by Mr William Cullagh, Head of Music in CCR.
The scripture readings focused on the theme of light shining in the darkness, from the story of the creation of light in the Book of Genesis, to the prologue of St John’s Gospel which tells us that the darkness cannot overpower the light. In his welcome and introduction the Abbot noted that many people live in darkness and find it hard to see the light. He praised the work of the organisations who help those who struggle with depression and encouraged the congregation to give generously to the retiring collection which this year was for Pieta House.
The Carol Service was a prayerful and reflective opportunity to celebrate in word and music the forthcoming birth of Christ, the light of the world. We thank all those who put so much effort and preparation into the event which was greatly appreciated by all who attended and helped us remember the true spirit of Christmas.