On Saturday evening, December 24, parishioners and friends joined Fr. Abraham for a special candlelight service of Christmas carols and readings welcoming the birth of Jesus. Following a procession into the sanctuary, festively adorned with poinsettias, Fr. Abraham lit the candles and the lights were dimmed. As each carol and reading ended, the moment of the Christmas birth came closer. A reflective meditation by Der Hayr and the singing of Hark the Herald Angels Sing and Joy to the World concluded the service, just before midnight. A fellowship in the church auditorium, sponsored by the Parish Council, followed the service.