A ‘Covid Navidad’in Taiping Catholic Church

While the COVID-19 pandemic forced everything to go virtual in the past year, the youths of Taiping Catholic Church (TCC) were determined to spread the joy of the season by moving their annual door to door Christmas carols online, entitled COVID Navidad.

Jan 09, 2021

By Christina Lazaroo
While the COVID-19 pandemic forced everything to go virtual in the past year, the youths of Taiping Catholic Church (TCC) were determined to spread the joy of the season by moving their annual door to door Christmas carols online, entitled COVID Navidad. The carols were premiered on TCC’s Facebook and Youtube page for three days consecutively, consisting of Christmas songs by youths situated in Taiping and youths from Taiping but situated in other states across Malaysia.

“House to house carolling has been our usual Advent routine for many years. Since we had to adapt to the new norm, we decided to do it virtually. Everyone in the organizing team gave their 100 per cent to make this a success and by God’s grace, we made it,” said Aron Azariah, TCC’s youth leader. He also jokingly added a fun fact that online carolling is equally as tiring as physical carolling.

The premier also consisted of readings and reflections on the Word of God by the youths and  a short testimony by one of the youths of TCC. The youths also shared fun facts of the season, such as the history and meaning of Christmas songs and symbols of Christmas decorations.

The youths worked tirelessly to present the public different va rieties of Christmas songs, from the traditional Silent Night and O Come All Ye Faithful to the latest songs such as Born is the King and Great day in Bethlehem. They also sang a Bahasa song, Dengar Malaikat Nyanyi (Hark the Herald Angels Sing), Joy to  the World in Mandarin and a Tamil song, Paar Enggum to cater to the different language groups in TCC. 

“I enjoyed watching the online carolling recently by our parish youths, although they were unable to go house to house due to this pandemic, we still felt their presence and Christmas cheer at our homes while watching them online. A very good job was done by all the youths,” said Paula Anand, a parishioner of TCC.

On the last day of the premier, the organising team presented a short sharing on how Christmas has been different for each of them. The youths then treated the public to a compilation video of about 30 youths of TCC singing We Wish You a Merry Christmas and Feliz Navidad.

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