It’s a Christmas tradition for Disney to celebrate the beginning of the holiday season with a Candlelight Ceremony to kick it off.
This year, actor Chris Pratt emceed the celebration that’s filled with classic Christmas hymns like “Silent Night,” “What Child Is This,” and the story of Christmas from the Bible.
According to Theme Park Insider, Disneyland “welcomed nearly 700 musicians to Town Square on Main Street USA for the park’s annual Candlelight Ceremony”:
The program includes all the greatest hits of the holiday choral repertoire, including ‘Away in a Manger,’ ‘Angels We Have Heard on High,’ ‘What Child Is This?’ and ‘Silent Night,’ interspersed with the telling of the Christmas story from the Bible.
During Pratt’s speech, the actor not only quoted the Bible but also spoke off the cuff about God in a personal message to those in attendance.
You can watch his full speech below, which begins at the 50:45 mark:
“Thank you so much. Ladies and Gentlemen, it was really my honor to share this beautiful candlelight ceremony with all of you. It’s been a very special and inspiring night.
For me being a parent has really changed my life in so many ways. In one of those ways is to understand truly the love that a father could have for a child. And when I stare at this special little creation of mine, here, and I watch the ways in which he tries to please me. I just feel a love that is so pure and unending.
The way we love our children and the more we love our children, the more we will understand the capacity for our Father in heaven to love us. Each and every one of us a precious creation, and he just marvels in the ways that we can try to please Him. That should give us a great deal of comfort. I know it does for me.
This holiday season, let us embrace every one of our tomorrows with hope and love. And through this holiday spirit, may we continue to spread peace and goodwill throughout the world. Thank you, and Merry Christmas!”
People commented on YouTube thanking Pratt for spreading the love he has for his faith:
I love you CHRIS PRATT!!!!!!! God bless you man, for sharing your faith in a time where ridicule by the “unreligious” is a new fad. May God be with you and your family, in Jesus name, amen.
Chris Pratt keeps showing how awesome he is. I’d like to meet the man in person one day and shake his hand to say thanks!
Chris Pratt, thank you for having the courage to speak about the beauty of traditional values and the wonders of fatherhood, especially in a town and an industry that often celebrates the vapid and superficial aspects of progressive thought for its own sake. While moving forward is not always a bad thing, forgetting the good of the past and undermining the core values that made us the greatest nation in the history of the world is. To humble yourself makes you truly worthy of success, so please continue to speak TRUE “truth to power” in Hollywood.
And this is far from the first time Pratt has publicly supported his belief in God.
Listen up, people…
Posted by Dearly Presents on Tuesday, June 19, 2018
The actor has done so at the many awards shows he has attended in the past.