DETROIT — Singers from the Archdiocese of Detroit joined hundreds of families Nov. 17 in downtown Detroit’s Campus Martius Park for the city’s 20th annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony, kicking off the season with joyful song, festivities and ice skating at the city’s downtown rink.
The Archdiocese of Detroit choir featuring Rooted was conducted by William S. Harrison, Sr., Ph.D., director of music for St. Patrick Parish in White Lake, one of several musical and performance acts during the tree lighting ceremony. Volunteers from St. Aloysius Parish also attended, encouraging passersby to stop and pray in the iconic downtown Detroit church.
The lighting of the 64-foot-tall Norway spruce “is a reminder to us that we are a people of joy,” said Fr. Mario Amore, director of evangelization and missionary discipleship for the Archdiocese of Detroit. “We are a people who desire to bring not only the light of the Christmas tree, but the light of Christ and all the season entails.”
(Video by Brayan Gutierrez | Archdiocese of Detroit)