A day after a gunman shot down 20 children and six adults at a Connecticut elementary school, Saturday Night Live pushed comedy aside to pay tribute to the lives lost.

The New York City Children’s Chorus opened Saturday’s show with an elegant performance of “Silent Night”.

Our hearts simply ache for the lives lost in this senseless act.  We send our love and silent hugs to the families who are left to cope with these tragic losses.  Our thoughts are with you.