When the sounds of spirituality filled St. Peter’s College chapel

It was truly a service of praise and worship when the Choir of St. Peter’s College, Colombo 4 was joined by the Peterite Chorale for the Easter Cantata, ‘Hosanna in Altissimus’ (Hosanna in the Highest), on Easter Sunday at 7 p.m. at the college chapel.

From the time that the young Peterites, oil-lamp flames flickering in the darkness, walked up the aisle amidst a hushed gathering, raising their voices in the 11th century Gregorian chant ‘Victimae Paschali Laudes’ (To the Victim of Easter Praise), the keynote of the service was spirituality.

While the choristers sang ‘Regina Caeli’ (Queen of Heaven Rejoice), ‘Blessing and Honour’, ‘ Zol Shoyn Kumen Di Ge’uleh’ (Let the Redemption Come), ‘Testify to Love’ and ‘A Jubilant Song’, the Peterite Chorale joined in with ‘God So Loved the World’ and ‘Glorious Things of Thee are Spoken’.

With both choirs coming together for the finale of ‘The Blessing’ and ‘Hallelujah Chorus’ and the congregational hymns ‘Amazing Grace’ and ‘Praise to the Lord’ echoing into the rainy night, the gathering took away the important Easter message of…….“there is no crown without the cross” delivered by Rev. Fr. Bob Rodrigo O.M.I.

After the Easter Cantata, the Peterite Chorale presented the Rector Rev. Fr. Travis Gabriel with a CD of their concert ‘Resonance’ held last year, along with a donation.

The Peterite Choir is directed by Ms. Haasinee Andree and guided by Priest-in-Charge Rev. Fr . Vincent Ashley, with overall support from Fr. Travis Gabriel. The Chorale is led by Eshantha De Andrado and Sanjeev Dabare.

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