The Abingdon Blog

The Abingdon Blog is a photo record of events and places in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, started on January 1st 2006.

Friday, 25 December 2009

Of Christingles And Cribs

It is always good to see Hugh and Elizabeth's back window crib in East St Helen Street.

This is the window of The Salvation Army showing their crib with real straw.

At 4:30 PM on Christmas Eve at St Helen's Church there was a Christingle Service. This is just about a quarter of the Christingles on offer. They are oranges with candles and other things stuck into them and have a religious significance.

The Crib at St Helen's is only about half finished. During the Christingle Service Mary and Joseph and The Baby Jesus are carried into position, but they will have to wait a few more days for the Wisemen to arrive at Epiphany.

A little earlier, at 4 PM, as shops began to close, the St Nicolas Church bells were rung out to call people to their Crib Service. At Trinity there was a Torchlit service at the same time. Many churches have something similar - very popular with young families.


Anonymous John said...

..and at St. Michael's the church was packed for the annual Carol Service. There were the traditional lessons and carols as well as a joint St. Michael's/St. Nicolas Choir ably led by Glynne Butt!

25 December 2009 22:52  

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