The Christmas Night of the Magnificat Custody Choir
December 24th 2015
The choir sings at the Midnight Mass in Bethlehem
The Midnight Mass in Bethlehem is the central event of the Christmas celebrations of the Latin Church. Worshippers from all over the world gather in the Church of St. Catherine on the night of December 24 to participate in the Christmas Solemnity culminating with the presentation of the statue of Jesus Child.
Every year the Magnificat Custody Choir accompanies the celebrations singing traditional compositions like Silent Night, Adeste Fideles and Gloria in excelsis Deo. This year the choir was conducted by Hani Kreitem while the organist was Haig Vosgueritchian: both are teachers of the Magnificat.
The choir had an important role in sustaining the liturgical celebration: it also encouraged the active participation of the worshippers, who joined in the singing.
Music is a language that conveys effortlessly the mysteries of faith and gives a form to the spiritual. On Christmas Night, the Magnificat Custody Choir empowered the spoken word of the clergymen with the energy of music.