Arua-Christmas Carols has been a long time tradition in the Catholic Church as it prepares the Choir members and Christians to usher in the Birth of the Lord.
In various Catholic Churches across the world, Christmas Carols are mainly organized before the Christmas Day. Just like at Christ the King Parish in Arua, the three Choir groups have organized for the Carols that will be presented on December 23 to prepare the way for the Nativity of the Lord.
The Carols will be presented by All Saints Choir, St Augustine Melody Choir and Mary Immaculate Choir. Late last month, Melody Choir and the College choir presented some of the songs at St Joseph’s College Ombaci as a way of preparing and evangelization.
The choir members of the three groups are now doing rehearsals to present on 23rd as announcements have been made to Christians to attend the presentations on that day. There will be both Classical and traditional local language carols by the Choirs.
In some dioceses, the Carols are organized in form of competition among the choir groups. The Carols are a joyful moment of anticipation in receiving Jesus Christ. The Parish here uses this as a form of unity among the choir members.
In 1223, St. Francis of Assisi introduced carols into the formal worship of the church during a Christmas midnight Mass in a cave in Greccio, in the province of Umbria, Italy. That night, the songs and music that accompanied this sacred and formal event were not hymns but carols.
Ever since then, carols have caught on with the people and were at their prime in the Middle Ages, when they were nearly always a part of the mystery plays.
The Carols will be presented in the afternoon. Most of the songs heralds the historical tones.