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Christmas tree lighting at Church of the Immaculate Conception, Penang

The Christmas tree at the entrance to the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Penang stands as a tribute to all Covid-19 frontliners. — Pix courtesy of the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Penang

GEORGE TOWN: The untiring efforts of Malaysian frontline workers in fighting the Covid-19 pandemic were honoured this evening during the Church of the Immaculate Conception Penang’s Christmas tree lighting ceremony.

The virtual event saw the lightning of the church’s 5-metre Christmas tree at its porch and on its grounds.

Titular Roman Catholic Bishop of Penang, Right Reverend Datuk Sebastian Francis, launched the event, after celebrating a live-streamed mass held on the parish’s feast day.

As blue and gold sparkling lights from the tree illuminated the 209 year-old church’s entrance and screens of televisions and mobile devices of those at home and remotely, the grounds of the church also came to life with twinkling lights on its fencing, and church bells ringing in the background.

“Christmas this year will certainly be different due to this prolonged pandemic,” parish priest Reverend Father Jude Miranda said.

“As we continue to pray for ourselves,” he added, “we offer our prayers and a big thank you to all who are working on the frontlines of the pandemic, as they risk their own lives and those of their families to see to our safety and good health.

“It is our honour and privilege as a parish, to switch on our Christmas tree lights, and pray for the protection of all these heroes and for a merciful end to Covid-19,” he said.

Blog Courtesy:  Marina Emmanuel