In commemoration of the school’s 166th anniversary, S.Thomas’ College Mount Lavinia held a special service in the Chapel of the Transfiguration on the 3rd of February 2017. The service was attended by the Chairman of the College Board of Governors better known as the Bishop of Colombo, Rt. Revd. Dhiloraj Canagasabey and by many Old Boys and well-wishers of the school. The specialty of this service couldn’t be stressed enough as it also marked the start of 100 Years of the College at Mount Lavinia since its transference from Mutwal in 1918.
The Lord Bishop and the other ministers entered from the West Door led by the servers. The procession was followed by the Head Prefect who bore the school flag as well the House Captains who bore the five house flags during the singing of the processional hymn, ‘Christ is made the sure foundation’. Thereafter the flags were placed on the High Altar as a symbol of dedication.
Both the opening sentence and the introduction were recited by the Chaplain Rev. Amal Fernando which touched on the need to be thankful for the school’s 166 years of existence. The Appointed Psalm for the occasion was Psalm 145, sung by the choir. Thereafter the First Lesson was read from Ecclesiasticus 44:1-15 by the Senior Sacristan, Warren White. The Second Lesson was read after the hymn, ‘Lord for the years your love has kept and guided’, by the Sub Warden, Mr Asanka Perera from St John 20:24-29.
The Warden of the College the Rev. Marc Billimoria was the preacher for the occasion. He touched on a brief history of the College and also stressed the importance of being thankful to God for blessing us with such an old and important heritage. The sermon was followed by the hymn, ‘O God beyond all praising’.
Towards the end of the service, the Warden proceeded to the High Altar to lead the Act of Remembrance and Prayers. The service concluded with the Lord Bishop and clergy recessing to the Hymn ‘O Christ the same through all our story’s pages’. This Choral Matins was the start of many other events such as the Prize Giving to commemorate Founder’s Day 2017.