Christmas Carol Services
Thu, 06/12/2018 - 16:35
There’s plenty going on at Lichfield Cathedral to help you get into the festive spirit as Christmas approaches.
On Sunday December 9 at 4pm is the Christmas Lantern Service. Sung by the Cathedral Choir, this service for people of all ages and will include a Lantern Procession around the Cathedral and the lighting of the Christmas Tree.
The Dean of Lichfield, the Very Rev. Adrian Dorber said: ““We look forward to welcoming hundreds of people to this family-friendly service. We hold it just as night is falling; everyone in church is given a special lantern candle and the climax of the service sees us all process out into the darkness to surround the tree with our light.”
“As we illuminate the tree, we pray for ourselves and the world that we may experience true warmth and peace of Christ’s light and love and that our lives may be a channel of that same joy.”
Also on December 9 at 6.30pm is the St Giles Light Up a Life service. This will be a special service outside the cathedral to remember loved ones lost in recent years. It’s a chance to reflect and remember while also viewing the books of remembrance, lighting a candle and sharing in some refreshment.
The Dean commented: “Christmas with all its festivities can seems painful and hollow when you are bereaved; loss and the memory of those we have shared our lives with bites with a real sharpness and intensity.”
“The Light up a Life service gives us a way of praying for and cherishing our loved ones, holding their memory in our hearts and bringing them and ourselves before God. We gain huge strength by doing this in company with hundreds of other people through our solidarity and mutual support.”
“It is also a wonderful wat of backing St. Giles’ Hospice with our generosity for its fantastic end-of-life care and drawing on its fellowship and concern for bereaved families.”