It was an evening of awesome singing and a pleasant delight to the ears of nearly 800 Choristers, Musicians and Music Lovers who all gathered at CSI Ascension Church, Kakkanad, an outskirt city of Cochin, Kerala. The Choir Fest 2018 of CSI Cochin Diocese – ‘Divine Chorals’, the third Choir Fest of the Diocese, was held on Sunday, 21st January 2018 at the Ascension Church. Prior to the musical bonanza, a short worship service was conducted with Adoration of Trinity and a Rededication Prayer joined by all the Choristers present. There were 19 Choir Groups who came from the various Districts of the CSI Cochin Diocese, covering Palghat to Idukki.
The event was inaugurated by Rt. Rev. B. N. Fenn, Bishop in CSI Cochin Diocese by Lighting the Lamp followed by a meaningful Inaugural Address. In his Inaugural Address, Bishop Fenn said, “When the melody and rhythm of the world work together to praise the Lord, the world will be filled with blessings”. All the Diocesan Officials and several Vicars & Church Workers of the Diocese were present for the function. The 19 Choir Groups sang 38 melodious songs, some in English and some in Malayalam. The age group of the choristers ranged from as low as 5 Years to as high as 77 years! The choirs were given trophies and also certificates to each member of the choir to appreciate the hard work they put in.
Kakkanad, being the Information Technology (IT) Hub of Kerala, the Ascension Church is blessed with the membership of several IT specialists. Thanks to this aspect, maximum leverage on Technology was adopted in planning and executing the whole event. A dedicated team of Church members under the leadership of Rev Varghese P Joseph, Vicar of CSI Ascension Church, Kakkanad as the Convener and Mr. Vinod Robert, Secretary of the Church as the Coordinator of Choir Fest had several sessions of Prayer, Brain Storming and Planning, in organizing the event. With the abundant blessings from our Lord and the efforts put in by the team, the whole event was conducted in a speckless manner. The feedback on the function received was with several positive adjectives like, “Wonderful, Awesome, Incredible….”
Our Lord made it possible, all Glory to our Lord.
Rev Varghese P Joseph,
Convener, ‘Divine Chorals’- Choir Fest 2018,
CSI Diocese of Cochin, Kerala