On the First Sunday of Advent, the Catholic Church starts a new Liturgical Year. This year, this day coincidentally fell on the first day December 2019, counting down 25 days to Christmas Day. Once again, it is time to spread the message – Keep Christ in Christmas! Truly indeed, Christmas is a celebration of the birth of our one and only Lord Jesus Christ. Let it not be forgotten.
As now part of an annual tradition, the Knights of Columbus St. Joseph Council 9846 assembled the Singing Knights (Christmas Singing Knights or Christmas Knights) to promote the message of Keep Christ in Christmas and spread the spirit of joy, peace and hope that Jesus Christ brings to mankind. The Christmas Knights promote this message through Christmas carols and storytelling at selected homes.
Last Saturday, November 30, 2019, just a day before the First Sunday of Advent, the Christmas Knights, led by WGK Bro Joseph Johnston, serenaded the residents of the Lakeshore Care Center and Madison Care Center, both near Como Lake in Coquitlam. They sang familiar Christmas carols while the residents were encouraged to sing along, clap their hands, stomp their feet or dance. Some sang along. Some were teary eyed. Some were just happy and smiling. After each performance, the Knights went around to greet, shake hands and wish each person a Merry Christmas.
The Knights’ repertoire was selected to tell the story of the Journey to Christmas Day and to fit the all male singing group. Favorite emcee Brother Knight Terry O’Neill provided a background of each song before the Knights sang each one of them. Guitar accompaniment were provided by our musicians – Bro Michael Richard and Bro Mark Pan. The songs included: O Come All Ye Faithful; Hark the Herald Angels Sing, Do You Hear What I hear?; We Three Kings of Orient Are; God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen; O Little Town of Bethlehem; Mary’s Boy Child, The First Noel; Joy to the World; and Feliz Navidad.
In all of the practices and performances, the St. Joseph Knights had a great time for fun, fellowship and camaraderie among Brother Knights. After every performance, each Knight went home with a very memorable and fulfilling experience, bringing the spirit of Christmas back to his family – the domestic church and such was a great way to celebrate Christ in Christmas, more than enough reason to make the Christmas Singing Knights an annual tradition.
Next schedule will be on 1:30 p.m., Sunday, December 8, 2019 at the Dufferin Centre and Sunday, December 15, 2019 at the Port Moody Friendship Society and at the St. Joseph Christmas Concert on Sunday, December 15, 2019. All St. Joseph Knights, and their families and friends (who are Catholic men or Knights from other councils) are invited to join in this community activity. Further instructions on time and venue will follow.
Click for more pictures: Christmas Knights Photos