Candles and carols bring Christmas spirit to the Hobart

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Candles and carols bring Christmas spirit to the Hobart

Hobart shoppers are once more being offered the opportunity to turn their hearts towards the deeper meaning of Christmas as the Archdiocese of Hobart runs its annual Light a Candle for Christmas event in the Elizabeth St Mall for 2017.

Light a Candle for Christmas is chance for people to pause amidst the busyness to listen to live Christmas carols sung by local groups and to light a candle and say a prayer at the nativity scene.

Archbishop Julian welcomed people to the event yesterday and stayed all day to speak with those who stopped to watch the carols.

“It is such a great joy to come down to the mall each year; to come to the crib and invite people to light a candle for Christmas,” His Grace said.

“Enter into the spirit of Christmas, that it may bring joy to your heart and your family this Christmas.”

Seminarian Jesse Banez helped organize the event and spoke to those gathered about the joy of waiting for Christ.
“It is always an expression of joy as we gather as a community awaiting the birth of our Saviour, Jesus Christ. The joy of waiting which we express by lighting a candle is a sign of hope,” he said.

Ten different choirs and Catholic community groups led the carol singing, including the Polish community, the Alpine choir, the newly-arrived Palavra Viva Catholic Community from Brazil, and the Syrian-Iraqi community.

Those watching the carols were asked if they would like to light a candle at the nativity scene.

Ron and Christine Phillips from Launceston were two of the many people who stopped to watch the carols on Thursday. Mr Phillips said it was good to see people so happy, and that he was amazed at all the young people involved.

“I’ve enjoyed watching, I’m intrigued by the happiness of the people,” he said.

“I don’t sing but it’s good to hear people singing.”

Seventeen year old Sophie from Hobart stopped to watch the carols while she waited for a friend.

“There were quite a few people gathered around listening, and I was interested in what they were doing, and the music is quite beautiful, so of course I stopped to have a listen,” she said.

Describing herself as of no faith background, she said the event stood in contrast to the materialism and commercialization of Christmas.