Christmas celebration was bidding adieu, but the spirit of Christmas was to continue. This was evident as the beautiful children from around the world sang in unison, this evening, their final song of hope... resounding All Is Well... All Is Well...
The final session of the Prasanthi Christmas 2016 was marked with a 'humble and simple' yet elegant speech of personal experience, a Bethlehem Procession followed by Children's Christmas Choir.
The session commenced at 1700 hrs with a introductory speech by Mr Tom Lehoy, Chairman, International Christmas Committee. Tom, touching upon the story and charisma of Christmas, with a heart welling up with gratitude, thanked the various Ashram Units for their active cooperation in making the event a grand success. He then introduced the guest speaker and the ensuing programme.
Mr Ladd Bogdonoff of Los Angeles, California, then addressed the assembly touching upon various spiritual 'Prasanthi' milestones in his life towards Sai, narrating his journey and evolution in a nutshell. Mr Ladd is an active office bearer of SSIO, and has been associated with the International Children's Choir for over a decade, actively mentoring the blossoming buds. Himself, an accomplished singer and composer, Ladd Bgdonoff then hummed a beautifully tuned English song then, strumming his guitar, singing "We All Standing On Holy Grounds..."
The Bethlehem Procession followed next, symbolically signifying the birth of Mother Mary's Bundle Of Joy.
The International Children's Choir, the final item for the evening, had 14 hymns, in multiple international languages. Sixty-Seven children from 19 countries participated in the Choir, ably conducted by Ms Gesine from Germany.
Bhajans continued and the session ended with Mangala Arathi.