Oh Ho­ly Nig­ht - an ex­qui­si­te Ca­rol Ser­vi­ce in Bet­hes­da

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NIEU-BET­HES­DA — The y­e­ar­ly ‘Kers­sang­diens’ at the Nieu-bet­hes­da NG c­hurch was a beau­ti­ful e­ve­ning that was tho­roughly en­joy­ed by the 170 pe­op­le who at­ten­ded.

Or­ga­ni­ser Nel­da Pie­naar ar­ran­ged a tra­di­ti­o­nal na­ti­vi­ty with re­al Ka­roo lambs and Ja­cob van S­ta­den’s don­key, Fie­la who be­ha­ved im­pec­ca­bly du­ring re­he­ar­sals.

The mo­ment be­ca­me too big for Fie­la on the e­ve­ning, ho­we­ver, and she stub­born­ly de­ci­ded that it was far mo­re im­por­tant to wel­co­me pe­op­le to the ser­vi­ce OUT­SI­DE the c­hurch, le­a­ving Ma­ry to walk sans don­key to the Na­ti­vi­ty Sce­ne! The an­ti­que gas lamps we­re lit du­ring the ser­vi­ce w­hi­le the NG Graaff-rei­net choir and P­hil­lip O­li­fant’s choir ad­ded to the mu­si­cal glo­ry of the e­ve­ning. Bet­hes­da’s own three te­nors, Sak­kie Re­tief, Boe­tie Pie­naar and P­hil­lip O­li­fant lif­ted the roof with their in­cre­di­ble voi­ces.

This u­ni­que ce­le­bra­ti­on of the birth of Christ is one of the spe­ci­al tra­di­ti­ons that Nieu­bet­hes­da of­fers, and this y­e­ar’s Ca­rol Ser­vi­ce was cer­tain­ly one to re­mem­ber. The y­e­ar­ly ‘Kers­sang­diens’ at the Nieu-bet­hes­da NG c­hurch was a beau­ti­ful e­ve­ning

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