Children's Choir Performs "Silent Night" on Saturday Night Live for Victims of School Shooting

Celebrity News Dec. 16, 2012 AT 2:00PM

Saturday Night Live opened the Dec. 15 show on a serious note.

To pay tribute to the victims of Friday's elementary school shooting in Connecticut, the New York City Children's Chorus sang "Silent Night."

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The touching performance came one day after Adam Lanza, 20, shot down 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School Dec. 14 in Newtown, Conn. 

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After the song, the young singers took over host Martin Short's job of introducing the show by shouting, "Live from New York, it's Saturday Night!"

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The choir later returned to the stage to perform "Wonderful Christmas Time" with musical guest Paul McCartney

Watch the moving performance in the video above.

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