Chris Pratt at the 2018 Disneyland Candlelight Ceremony And Processional (Photo: YouTube)

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Dec 06, 2018 by Alyssa Duvall

VIDEO: Chris Pratt Preaches From The Gospel Of Luke At 2018 Disneyland Candlelight Ceremony And Processional

Although it spends the rest of the year promoting an ultra-progressive stance on key issues presented in many of its film and TV offerings, Disneyland continues to honor the Christian roots of Christmas each year with its Candlelight Ceremony and Processional, featuring angelic choirs singing scripture-based Christmas carols and, this year, unapologetically-Christian actor Chris Pratt retelling the story of Jesus' nativity from the Gospel of Luke.

As every facet of modern life in America continues on what seems to be a steady path of turning away from God, this beautiful ceremony offers a tiny, but bright, ray of hope for Christians praying for a return to biblical principles.

The 2018 Candlelight Ceremony began with a skillfully orchestrated and performed instrumental medley of Christmas hymns. Then, the choir began to sing their beautiful rendition of a gospel-saturated favorite, "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen".

After the choir belted out "He is the King of kings!" the friendly, smiling actor took the stage and began retelling the story from Luke of God sending the angel Gabriel to announce to Mary her incredible privilege of becoming the mother of the Savior.

"The Bible says, 'when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was," Pratt said to his massive audience.

"That seems kind of confusing to me, so I'll just paraphrase: she was kind of scared because an angel just fell from the ceiling," he added, in his signature style of sharing the gospel folded into humor. 

Pratt continued through the story with deep reverence and a couple of respectful chuckles as he stumbled over the word "conceive," before the choir and orchestra proceeded to perform "The First Noel".

“Ladies and gentlemen, it was really my honor to share this beautiful Candlelight Ceremony with all of you,” Pratt said at the conclusion of the ceremony. “It’s been a very special and inspiring night."

"For me, being a parent has really changed my life in so many ways. And one of those ways is to understand, truly, the love that a father could have for a child,” he added. “The way we love our children, 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.”

Watch the entire ceremony, including Pratt's wonderful retelling of Jesus' birth, in the video below. Merry Christmas!



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