Rosary College of Commerce and Arts, Navelim celebrated its annual Rosary Family Day on the occasion of Christmas. A short prayer service and carol singing was organised. Representatives from all the departments along with non-teaching staff attended the service. The service was also streamed live online for staff and students.
The service began with the lighting of Christ Candle on the advent wreaths. Administrator of the college, Fr Simao Diniz reflected on Christmas with a story about a grandfather who exercised for days during the lockdown so that he could have the strength to carry his granddaughter up to fix a star on the Christmas tree. He stated that this star was symbolic of the light and joy brought by Jesus across the world. He said Christmas is the time of Christ sharing this light and love with us.
He urged everyone to take this Christmas message and carry Christ with them everywhere they go, at home or at work. He emphasised the importance of this year’s season of Christmas as it serves as a reminder that God has come to save us from weakness.
The Christmas Carol ‘When a Child is Born’ was then sung. The service concluded with a Konkani hymn. The prayer service was followed by the singing of Christmas Carols ‘O Holy Night’, ‘Silent Night’ and ‘Feliz Navidad’.
Acting principal, associate professor, Helic Barretto spoke about Christmas as the time to connect with friends and family as well a time for caring about others and the less fortunate.
Assistant professor, department of Economics, Poorva Gude then shared a Christmas message in Konkani where she spoke about the importance of celebrating festivals and how they bring a sense of peace and joy to everyone. She said Christmas is a festival which is celebrated across religions in the state and this festival brings out the essence of the phrase ‘Love Your Neighbour’, an ideal Jesus Christ truly believed in.