Christmas Eve Celebrations at St. Mark’s, Inala
‘Mary’s boy child, Jesus Christ, was born on Christmas day’

The 6.00pm Family Mass on Christmas Eve has always been a very special liturgy for the
parishioners of St. Mark’s. As in previous years, a huge number of people from Inala and
the neighboring suburbs all gathered together in our Church to celebrate the solemnity of the
birth of Jesus.
The liturgical celebrations began with popular Carols led by the parish Angelos choir for
half hour prior to the celebration of the Christmas Eve Mass. The Holy Eucharist began
with the solemn procession that was led by 24 children – the angels, shepherds, Kings,
Joseph and Mary holding baby Jesus – all dressed up for the Children’s Nativity Play soon
to be enacted as part of the liturgy. The procession also included the Altar Servers,
Ministers of Communion and Readers along with Fr. Peter Bang SVD, the Principal
After the Gospel, the children enacted the Christmas Story on this special, sacred night of
the Nativity. They took us on a journey from the scene of the Annunciation, through the
dream of Joseph, to the journey to Bethlehem for the census, the birth of Jesus, the singing
of the Angels, the visit of the shepherds, the wicked plans of King Herod and the offerings
of the Magi. All the children were dressed up in appropriate costumes for the re-telling of
the wonderful story of the Emmanuel –‘God with us’. At the end of the play our beautiful
children were given a big round of applause for their wonderful efforts in enacting the birth
of Jesus.
After the final blessing, Santa appeared on the scene bringing special gifts to all the children
who were present. We thank Mrs. Maureen Folster, one of our parishioners who lovingly
sponsored and packed these gifts for the children. St. Mark’s is grateful to the parents who
encouraged their children be part of the Nativity play and to Mrs. Dilini Jayamanne, who set
aside her family time to teach the children.
As he concluded the Eucharist, Fr. Bang
expressed his gratitude once again to all those who were present for the Eucharist and all
those who contributed in anyway – whether big or small – to make the Nativity celebrations
so meaningful for everyone.

Sr. Philo Mathew SSpS