Churches glow in the glory of God

An aerial view of the celebrations at the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd.  Photos: VITA Images

As lights illuminated various buildings and art installations created a buzz in the city as part of the Singapore Night
Festival 2018, the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd and Church of Sts Peter and Paul revealed their own unique glow with the peace of Christ.

At the Cathedral, the theme of the celebrations focused on peace and harmony amid today’s climate of violence.

On Aug 17 and 18, people of different ages, religions and races flocked to the Cathedral to light about 30,000 votive candles that formed the phrase “Peace & Harmony”.

Each night featured videos on peace and harmony every half an hour, hour-long guided heritage tours, pipe organ demos on the 1912 Bevington and Sons organ, Singapore’s oldest working pipe organ, and a closing reflection by rector Monsignor Philip Heng.

Visitors could also marvel at the lighted angels with musical instruments that were on display.

According to the Cathedral, about 14,000 people participated in the festivities over the two days.

Msgr Philip Heng blessing the lighted “musical” angels.

At Sts Peter and Paul Church on Aug 18 and 19, there were self-guided tours and a documentary screening on the rich history of the parish for about 2,000 visitors.

Visitors on the evening of Aug 19 were also treated to a time of prayer and sacred music led by two choirs, Cappella Martialis and Creátus Chamber.

The evening concluded with a brief service of the sung Compline led by parish priest Father Edward Lim. This was the second time the Cathedral and Sts Peter and Paul Church participated in the Night Festival.

The festival activities were scheduled to continue on Aug 24 and 25 for both churches.

A mother and her daughter lighting a votive candle at the cathedral.

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