Video: Unexpected Christmas Concert Surprises Mall Shoppers

By Joseph Jordan   
December 23, 2013

Hundreds of shoppers rushing about the mall for last-minute deals slowed down, then stopped completely.  Listen, listen:  A surprise Christmas concert by TFP Student Action volunteers and students of Saint Louis de Montfort Academy captured their undivided attention.

Eyes lit up, children smiled, and some shoppers even joined the singing.  The general atmosphere became more calm and at the end of the last song, “Christmas Finale,” shoppers cheered and applauded.  "Thank you so much.  That was a real treat," remarked one lady.  Many others echoed her sentiments at the Park City Center Mall in Lancaster, Penn. 

Christmas cheer was flowing freely among perfect strangers who, until that moment, had nothing in common.  Yet the spirit of Christmas and its profound significance soon united people from all walks of life.  The sublime mystery of the Incarnation brings Heaven closer to earth and the grace of the First Christmas is still alive in the hearts of men of good will, despite secularism's persistent war against it.

Before going to the mall, Academy students brought Christmas joy to a nearby old folks home where they also sang and cheered the elderly who often spend Christmas alone, sometimes  without anyone to visit them.

At the end of the Christmas concert that day, December 15, when the clapping subsided, Academy students and TFP volunteers bellowed, "Merry Christmas!"

To you and your family, again, we say: "Merry Christmas!"

Christ Child








+2 # abj 2013-12-24 12:29
Thank you! Merry Christmas!
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+3 # Julia Schmidt 2013-12-24 12:55
I just found out what is missing this Christmas season After listening to U guys concert which opened the flood gate and near choked me, yet filled me with all the Glory of Christ's birth & its significance. Every MALL needs to have a live concert like this with the community youth choirs entertaining the folks with Jesus songs about the birth of Christ etc U know it would attract crowds of people who will shop before & after & raise us all up lifting the darkness & filling it with Light & Joy & Goodwill for all I miss dreadfully the feeding music of Christmas Carols in the stores in the malls in the Parks. This had brought it all back & I need those community carols to fill the empty places. THANK U so much so very much.
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+4 # Carol Ossi 2013-12-24 12:56
Thank you for standing up for the true meaning of Christmas. It's the right thing to do.
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+4 # Mary Eckert 2013-12-24 13:13
God Bless you all. Thank you for such an inspiring display of what Christmas is all about. Wish I had been there in person to enjoy however the video is the next best thing.
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+2 # Jean Cloutier 2013-12-24 13:16
So beautiful! Thank you and a very MERRY CHRISTMAS
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+1 # Barbara S. Reall 2013-12-24 13:32
I cannot be thankful enough for the tremendously wonderful musical gift, which you have received from God, and shared with everyone. It was joyfully received into the hearts and minds of everyone. A wonderful quotation, which I love and share frequently with my beloved students, applies to this particularly wonderful presentation: "ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS." AMEN Jesus' birthday is the most fantastic, fabulous, joyful, peaceful, wonderful day that we are given by Our Heavenly Father to celebrate God's tremendous gift and Our Blessed Mother's fantastic acceptance. We are recipients of God's gifts of PEACE, LOVE, MERCY, COMPASSION, PATIENCE, KINDNESS AND RESPECT. I cannot thank God enough for His gifts. Jesus' presence is ultimately fantastic. All of these gifts are what remain in my heart and soul, and in my mind are God's gifts which result in the fact that "I CANNOT WAIT TO MEET JESUS". AMEN
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+1 # Daniel Mouta 2013-12-24 14:16
É interessante, ver e apreciar o pessoal da TFP Norte Americana a realizar esses eventos ao públicos. Dá a sensação que os bons e velhos tempos voltaram. Abraços.
Deixo aqui uma especial saudação ao Mr. Huerena.
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+1 # Heandi 2013-12-24 14:22
Tears to my eyes, ears, & heart, Thank you all !!! May God bless you all, even the more, especially the ones who didn't stop.
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+1 # Pauline Lange 2013-12-24 14:32
Wonderful video. Perfect for Christmas Eve. May you also have a Merry Christmas and my you have joy and calm in the adoration of Eternal Love. May you hear the vibrations of love in His heart for you and all you are doing for God's Kingdom on earth.
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0 # Kathy Sears 2013-12-24 14:52
Thanks be to God, bless you for the much needed prayers, as I lost my dear husband last year, of 43 years, my high school sweetheart, our daughters daddy, I miss him so much, Thanks you so much for the prayers, I will indeed pray for you as I always do, may God Bless all of you...........AMEN
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+1 # Ed and Connie 2013-12-24 15:19
We still have tears in our eyes after reading this beautiful story of fellow American citizens again enjoying the beauty and mystery of Our Savior's Love!
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+1 # Olympia Campos 2013-12-24 16:36
What a joy!!! Listening to this beautiful concert brought tears to my eyes and also the feeling closer to the true MEANING of CHRISTMAS, I dream of having this type of music at ALL MALLS throughout the country. Thank you from the bottom of my heart and BLESSINGS FROM THE INFANT JESUS TO ALL.
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+1 # Audrey Joan Bailey 2013-12-24 16:59
So glad to see that Jesus' birth is still being celebrating through the USA/America! May we never give up the meaning of CHRISTmas! Thank you TFP for posting this wonderful video!
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+1 # Sylvia 2013-12-24 17:53
What a wonderful Christmas treat to share with all the shoppers. Thank you and Merry Christmas to all at TFP.
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+1 # Therese Raso 2013-12-24 18:04
I am not a citizen of your country but always keep up with your activities with great admiration. The fact that Christians are being persecuted now in the U.S. has actually ignited the remnant Church there. Is it not an historical fact that the Holy Church comes rising from the ashes when under attack? God Bless you for being a beacon of courage and hope during the attack!!
Christmas blessings to all of you and your families during this holy time!
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+1 # Maria C 2013-12-24 18:05
I am grateful and thank you for doing this. God bless you
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+1 # Nemi Chavez 2013-12-25 03:35
Thanks for sharing. Yes, the mystery of the Incarnation takes me out to ponder how blessed am I and my family today because of Him, who came to be one of us to give us a new life of light, grace and work in progress to sanctity. This gives me more reasons to put up the Advent wreath, Christmas tree, gaze at the manger and to smile to everyone I meet.
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+1 # Karen S. 2013-12-25 04:46
God will bless the management of this mall for giving permission for this
wonderful contribution to celebrate our
Lord's birth. If only other public places would do the same.
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+1 # Maria L. Depuuty 2013-12-25 10:23
This concert was truly awesome and could only have been inspired by the Holy Spirit! Thank you for the reminder of what Christmas is really all about!
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+1 # michael a. bimonte 2013-12-25 11:05
Wonderful! Jesus is what Christmas is all about!
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+1 # Buddy 2013-12-25 21:08
What a very delightful moment that must have been for those shoppers who lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time.
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+1 # angela t. McManigal 2013-12-25 23:12
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+1 # Andrea Remlin 2013-12-26 10:29
Blessed work which should continue yearly. Thank you for giving and using your talents for those who need the special graces coming from your performances. The manger scenery was exquisite, with the cross and crown saying it all. Will keep all of you in prayer. Abundant wishes of thankfulness from the bottom of my heart, Andrea
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+1 # Pia Conter 2013-12-26 15:47
The concert was wonderful! May God Bless
all those young men who participated in
bringing the message of Christ's love to
the marketplace.
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+1 # Eileen Peterson 2013-12-28 18:41
Through the gift of instruments and voices, you reminded the people of God the real reason for the season, the birth of an Infant in spite of all odds against Him.
Miracles happen and there is great JOY!
Do this again in 2014 and hopefully you will double your male voices to balance the instruments!
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+1 # Don 2013-12-28 23:41
The story begins in Gen, with the consequences of the disobedience of Adam and Eve, Their the redeemer was promised and arrived 2000 yrs ago. by the end of His ministry, by His Cross the gates of Heaven were opened, He descended into Hell to tell the Just. A new covenant was written to the Gentiles, and He sent the Holy Spirit to lead His Church (the Traditional Roman Catholic Church in all Truth)
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+1 # Trudy Merkle 2013-12-29 21:57
Thank you so much!
Just found your concert at Allentown Mall after going through my e-mails. Received yours forwarded by a dear friend. Thank you, again.
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