Cathedral Continues Candlelight Caroling Custom
For the twenty-eighth consecutive year, the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark, NJ will come alive with the sounds of Christmas joy at the annual Candlelight Carol Sing at 8 p.m. Tuesday, December 15, 1998.
The Cathedral Basilica Choir, known for its commitment to musical excellence, will perform seasonal music in five languages. The choir will also invite more than 1,000 attendees to join in singing their favorite Christmas hymns. The Cathedral Basilica's Great Organ and Brass Ensemble, with organist Ezequiel Menendez will be directed by Cathedral Director of Music John J. Miller.
Monsignor Richard Groncki, rector of the Cathedral, said that the Carol Sing is meant to be an ecumenical celebration, and invites all people to join in this annual yuletide tradition. "We invite into the house of this local church those of other communions who are one with us in belief in and reverence for Jesus, others who may be searching for faith and all people of good will to share with us something of the Advent-Christmas spirit," he said.
Carols the choir will sing include works by Andrew Carter, Pavel Tschesnokoff and Leo Nester and such traditional favorites as The First Noel, O Holy Night, Hark the Herald Angels Sing and O Come all Ye Faithful. In the tradition of the Carol Sing, all voices will join in singing Silent Night while the Cathedral Basilica is aglow with only candlelight.
The annual event is free of charge, but a free-will offering will be accepted to help defray the cost of the performance. Recordings of previous performances by the Cathedral Choir will be available for sale or order during the event. For more information on the Carol Sing, call the Cathedral Music Office at (973) 484-2400.