2003 at Saint Faith's
This yearís Christmas celebrations at Saint Faithís
followed the traditional pattern, and the pictures on this and the following
pages show something of how we marked the great feast of Christís Nativity.
The Christingle Service, on Christmas Eve, is
a fine family occasion, centred on the telling of the Christmas story to
children (and their parents!). After the homily, given this year by visiting
Mirfield ordinand Derek Hyett, the children brought up the money they were
giving to the Childrenís Society, and were given decorated Christingle
oranges in return. When these had been lit, the children processed round
the darkened church, singing familiar hymns and carols, with helpers strategically
placed on fire watch!
The Christmas Midnight Mass was celebrated with
traditional ceremony and splendour at the High Altar, with the illuminated
Christmas crib seen below the Nave Altar in one of our pictures. Follow
to read Fr Neil Kelley's sermon at this sermon
and some prayers for the Christmas season. On Christmas morning we see
the procession bringing the Gospel to be read in the midst of the congregation,
and two members of the congregation braving the wet weather to depart in
style after the service.
The crowded schedule left time for one less formal
event: the Carols and Punch evening held before Christmas in the Church
Hall. Geoff Mossís pictures on the final page of this link show assorted
parishioners enjoying the choirís singing, various seasonal readings and,
of course, the festive food and drink on offer.
Text and remaining pictures by Chris
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