Dressed immaculately in school uniform, nearly 250 students marched in unison all the way to the All Saints’ Cathedral from their respective educational institutions to offer Thanksgivings to the founders of the above-named great institutions. The Boys’ High School squad was led by the School Captain, SakshamSrivastava while the Girls’ High School squad was led by the Headgirl, Uma Jhaveri. It was an awesome sight for the passersby and onlookers who appreciated the discipline of the students on the roads.
The Thanksgiving Service commenced as the Principals of BHS and GHS entered the Cathedral to the strains of the hymn "Joyful, joyful we adore thee." The cross bearer, Amos J. Chintamaniand the flag bearers walked solemnly up to the aisle where they handed over the colours to Rev. G. Daud, Pressbyter In-charge, All Saints' Cathedral and Secretary, Allahabad High School Society. The School flags were blessed by Rev. G. Daud.
The ceremony began with the prayer by Rev G.Daud. This was followed by the reading of passages from the Holy Bible by the Principals of BHS and GHS, Mr. D. A. Luke and Rev. Dr. (Mrs.) V. Eusebius respectively.
The atmosphere inside the Church was solemn and deeply expressive of their gratitude to the Almighty for having blessed both BHS and GHS with fulfillment of their mission to serve the society by imparting quality education and churning out responsible citizens of the country.
In his edifying discourse, the Secretary of the Diocese of Lucknow, Rev. Rajesh Joseph said that it is our duty to follow the commandments of Lord Jesus Christ, which is teaching, preaching and healing. He said that the principals and teachers of educational institutions have great responsibility in instilling moral values and developing the character of the students. He said that the God has given us wisdom and knowledge through which we attain success and asked the students to thank the Lord Almighty for his blessings and his presence in our daily lives. He complimented the teachers and students for making BHS and GHS, a centre of learning where the presence of God can be felt.
He said that the Lord Almighty has granted equal status to men and women and asked the students they should not interfere in the creation of God and discriminate between men and women. He called upon the students to be humble, generous and passionate towards their fellow beings and contribute their knowledge for the progress of the nation.