Unity in Melody
On the festive morning of December 15th, 2023, the Nyamitanga Cathedral premises in Mbarara resonated with joyous melodies as the Archdiocese of Mbarara hosted its annual Christmas Carols event. Choirs from within the Archdiocese gathered, eagerly awaiting the arrival of the esteemed guest of honour, Archbishop Lambert Bainomugisha.
A Musical Tapestry of Faith
Under the guidance of Fr. Richard Bainomugisha, the Music Chaplain of the Archdiocese of Mbarara, the event unfolded seamlessly. Choirs, carefully selected and registered with the Archdiocesan music desk, showcased their talents through enchanting performances. The melodies ranged from traditional Runyankore Rukiga hymns to captivating renditions in various languages by visiting choirs from other dioceses.
Embracing Tradition and Diversity
The event emphasized the significance of acting appropriately, fostering unity among choir members, and promoting respect for leaders and fellow participants. This harmonious atmosphere reflected the essence of Christmas carols as not just musical masterpieces but as a radical witness to faith, bringing generations together and transcending cultural boundaries.
His Grace Archbishop Lambert Bainomugisha Presides
The highlight of the event was the presence of His Grace Archbishop Lambert Bainomugisha, who graced the occasion as the Guest of Honour. His reverence emphasized the importance of Christmas carols in conveying deeper truths of faith and commended the efforts of the participating choirs in nurturing unity which was displayed through the presence of Bishop Sheldon Mwesigwa of Ankole Diocese. This signified the unity among religious leaders and spiritual growth within the community.
Catechizing Through Song
Archbishop Lambert Bainomugisha underscored the pivotal role of Christmas carols in teaching and catechizing the faithful. The carols, he noted, serve as lyrical masterpieces that span centuries, embodying foundational theological substance and expressing the incredible story of Christ’s birth.
A Feast for the Soul
Amidst the musical celebration, the choirs partook in a communal lunch served at the Nyamitanga Cathedral Premises, emphasizing the spirit of togetherness and shared joy.
A Resounding Success
The Christmas Carols event of 2023, organized by Fr. Richard Bainomugisha and the Archdiocesan music desk, emerged as a resounding success. It not only celebrated the joyous season but also served as a testament to the power of music in fostering unity, faith, and community spirit.
As the echoes of the melodious carols lingered in the air, the Archdiocese of Mbarara embraced the Christmas season with open hearts, united in the harmonious celebration of the birth of Christ. Watch the full video on EYIT TV