On Friday, December 21, 2012, His Eminence Metropolitan Philip continued an annual tradition at the headquarters for the Antiochian Archdiocese in Englewood, NJ, by hosting the choir of St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church, Little Falls, NJ. The night of caroling and fellowship, a tradition of some forty years, featured the St. George choir directed by Christine Lynch.
The carolers arrived at the door of the Archdiocese singing the hymns and carols of the season, until ushered in by Metropolitan Philip. They continued the mini-concert of liturgical and secular religious carols while the Metropolitan and his guests, including Bishop Nicholas, St. George's pastor Fr. Dimitri Darwich, and area clergy and friends listened, and then joined in the singing. Anthony Bitar, the son of Fr. Elias and Kh. Joanne, offered a poignant rendition of "O Holy Night" and the concert concluded with one of Sayidna Philip's favorite carols, "The Little Drummer Boy."
Following the carols, everyone moved into the chapel to celebrate a service of thanksgiving, then to the dining room to enjoy the special deserts prepared by the Archdiocese's cook, Almaza Farhat.