With 177 Candles lit in the Bible House lawns, which was beautifully illuminated, marked the 177 years the journey of Allahabad Auxiliary on 4th December, 2022. The much awaited United Candlelight and Annual Thanksgiving Service was organized at Bible House lawns. Allahabad churches look forward to this event as it starts the Christmas celebrations. Since last year we have clubbed it with the Annual Thanksgiving Service. Rev. Edmond,Auxiliary Committee Member from Barielly, offered the opening prayer followed by the congregational Christmas carol and a word of welcome by the Auxiliary Secretary. Prof. Sumita Parmar, President, Allahabad Auxiliary, brought the Presidential greetings, she said that during the past year many of us have grappled with some serious problems specially posed by the Covid-19 and may have even lost their loved ones, and it was challenging year for many of us. She further encouraged the gathering to continue to be part of the BSI movement.
Annual Report for the year 2021-2022 was released by the Auxiliary Officers, Bishop Jagdhari Masih offered the prayer. 15 choirs of various Church denominations and institutions presented spirit filled Christmas carols for the glory of God. In between the presentations Rev. Chittranjan Polson briefed the congregation about the work and ministry of BSI. He also presented his report and the gathering appreciated it with applause.
Former Auxiliary President and educationist Dr. Grace Zaman relased the “Biblos” a bi-monthly news letter in Hindi. Dn. Dr. Ajai Dass offered the prayer. The Auxiliary Secretary briefed about the need and content of this initiative. The “Biblos” 1st edition, on the theme “Creation/ Christmas/ Beginning, is a concise history of Bible Society and the Auxiliary, pictorial report of the events, message of Christmas, i.e. “Christmas is Creator becoming Christ”, Bible quiz, and appeal for participation. Adv. Arun Saunders, Treasurer, Allahabd Auxiliary, in his closing remarks expressed his appreciation for all the participants and staff . The program came to a close with the congregation singing the carol, “Silent night..” with the lit candles in their hands as reminder to be the light in the darkness.