Scores of Portlanders braved unusually cool weather to participate in the annual carol service and Christmas tree lighting ceremony in the Port Antonio Town Square on Wednesday, December 15.
The two-hour ceremony, which was organised by the Portland Parish Council, featured the singing of carols by a choir comprising students from a number of schools in the parish.
Residents of Portland turn out for the annual carol service and Christmas tree lighting ceremony in the Port Antonio Town Square on Wednesday, December 15.
Mayor of Port Antonio, Councillor Floyd Patterson, in his address, reminded the audience of the need to focus on the life of Jesus Christ, as they celebrate the Christmas holidays.
He appealed to them to be careful and exercise moderation in their indulgences during the season, and to be respectful of others.
Pastor of the Port Antonio Gospel Hall, Rev. Michael Bunsie, who delivered the sermon, called on Portlanders to make a special effort to ensure that the true meaning of Christmas is highlighted during this holiday season.
Stating that there is a tendency for some Jamaicans to become indisciplined at Christmas and indulge in undesirable activities, Rev. Bunsie stressed the importance of persons allowing their lives to be guided by Jesus Christ if the country is to overcome the social ills, and successfully confront the economic challenges it faces.