LAHORE: Inter- denominational evening of worship organized in the city as Choirs sing unto the Lord.
According to details, Fr. Francis Nadeem organized an evening of inter-denominational worship as choirs from various Churches participated in this event. At this occasion, Bishop Sebastian Francis Shaw OFM, Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Lahore while addressing the participants said, “With courage and faith Fr. Francis Nadeem OFM Cap has organized this evening by inviting Lahore inter-denominational choirs to sign for the Lord”. This event was organized at the Peace Hall of St. Joseph Church, Lahore whilst an assemblage of 230 people attended this “evening of worship.”
Bishop Sebastian while addressing the choirs further said that,” if they used their talents for Jesus Christ they will get many graces from the Lord. The year of faith, said, invites us to reflect on our lives and know more about the person of Jesus Christ and by this our faith in the Lord will become even stronger.”
Bishop Sebastian also referred to a testimony he witnessed during his visit to the Punjab Governor’s House saying, “During Christmas 2012 gathering one mystic (Sufi) shared his faith experience and said that as a Muslim he believes in the healing power of Jesus Christ and he was heart patient and was ready to go for an operation. He prayed to Jesus at night and in the morning, in the operation theatre, the doctors declared that he was ok and there was no need for an operation of a healthy man. He experienced Jesus as the healer.”
Bishop Sebastian concluded, “We need to experience Jesus personally that who is Jesus for me in my life. He wished that the singing evening in the year of Faith will bear fruit in each ones’ life and be source of peace and strength.”
The assemblage included choirs from St. JosephChurch, Lahore Cantt. Christ Church (Church of Pakistan), Model Colony, Bethania Church (Church of Pakistan), St. Francis Church, Kot Lakhpat, St. Anthony High School Staff Lahore Cantt., St. John Church, Shahdara Town, Capuchin Youth, Capuchin Youth, United Christian Hospital (Presbyterian), St. Paul Church Bail Ahta, and Momanpura.
Fr. Moris Jalal, co-parish priest said in his inaugural speech that,” The year of faith is a renewal for us and the gathering for this singing evening will help to bring out the talents of our young people. We do not have a good variety of hymns on the topic of faith. It is hoped that the choirs will learn from each other and will be able to share in their own respective areas so that theses hymns will help them to be strong in their faith.”
The luminary leaders who were present at this event included Fr. Inayat Bernard, Rector of St. Mary’s Minor Seminary Rev. Saleem Khokhar and Rev. I.B Rocky from the Church of Pakistan’s diocese of Raiwind, Rev. Amjat Niamt of the Presbyterian Church Fr. Francis Sabir OFM Cap, Fr. Ishfaq Anthony OFM Cap and Fr. Shahzad Khokhar OFM Cap assistant to the parish priest at St. Joseph Lahore..
Towards the end of the event Fr. Shahzad Khokhar expressed gratitude to the apostolic administrator, fathers, sisters, catechists laity and the participating choirs saying,” The choirs have expressed their faith and helped us to be strong.”