Actor Chris Pratt spoke of God’s love for his “precious creation” this weekend, while serving as special guest and celebrity narrator for Disneyland’s annual Christmas Candlelight processional and ceremony.
While describing his love for his six-year-old son Jack, Pratt said, “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 in which we could try to please him.”
Pratt, who is well-known for his roles in NBC’s “Parks and Recreation” and Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” also read the nativity story from the Gospel of Luke at the Dec. 1 event.
According to Theme Park Insider, Disney’s Candlelight processional is an “exclusive,” “invitation-only” production that dates from 1955, when the park opened.
The candlelit ceremony included a 50-piece orchestra, organ music, and a massed choir that performed several classic Christmas carols, including traditional Christian songs such as “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” “Away in a Manger,” “Silent Night” and “O Come, O Come Emmanuel.” A star of Bethlehem was prominently displayed on one of the brightly-lit buildings.
A video of the Candlelight ceremony can be viewed here, and below is a transcript of Pratt’s remarks during the ceremony:
“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, and one of those ways is to understand, truly, the love that a father could have for a child. And when I stare at this precious little creation of mine, here, and I watch the ways in which he tries to please me, I just feel a love that is, that is so pure and unending.
“And 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 in which we could try to please Him. That should give us all 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!”