Bondi carols soar

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Adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament was a perfect end to Christmas carols at St Anne’s in Bondi last week Photo: Patrick J Lee.
Adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament was a perfect end to Christmas carols at St Anne’s in Bondi last month. Photo: Patrick J Lee.

Sydney-siders flocked to St Anne’s Church at Bondi recently for its inaugural Christmas Concert and benediction.

As part of the beach-side parish’s ‘Evangelisation through beauty’ program, concert-goers were treated to a night of music featuring sacred works by Hassler, Rheinberger, Palestrina, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Bruckner and Cornelius as well as the now famous ‘Ave Maria’ of Franz Biebl.

“The music was really well received, and the benediction sung only in candlelight was incredibly moving and memorable.”

However, it was the benediction of the Blessed Sacrament sung by candlelight that provided the perfect finale of the evening.

Presented by Eugene Raggio in full choral setting, the concert showcased music that reflected Advent while giving people the opportunity to see the renovations carried out during lockdown.

Big success: Eugene Raggio leads the Choir at St Anne’s as members of the congregation join in the Christmas carolling. Photo: Patrick J Lee
Big success: Eugene Raggio leads the Choir at St Anne’s as members of the congregation join in the Christmas carolling. Photo: Patrick J Lee

“We had people flock from all over Sydney, and from their comments we really made a splash, not just with the music, but the beautiful renovations to the church,” he said.

“The music was really well received, and the benediction sung only in candlelight was incredibly moving and memorable.

“It was the first of its kind here in Bondi, with many, more to come.”

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