Christingle service makes Christmas Eve extra special
A congregation of several hundred enjoyed a Christingle service at Blairgowrie Parish Church on Christmas Eve.
The service was led by the Rev. Harry Mowbray and attended by many families, with their children and young members of the congregation taking part.
Mr Mowbray said Christingle tells the Christmas story in hymns and carols, and the service opened with the first carol,‘It’s Rounded Like An Orange’to the tune of‘The Holly and the Ivy’.
Young people of the Boys’Brigade Company gave readings which explained that the orange represents the world, while the candle is to remind people of Jesus, the Light of theWorld.
The red ribbon around the orange represents the blood of Jesus, shed for the world.
The four cocktail sticks with fruit and sweets show God’s goodness in the provision of the earth through the four seasons. The sweets and dried fruit are to remind us of God’s gifts to the world, including kindness and love, which must be shared.
The young contributors were Connor Carrie (The Orange, St Luke ch 2 vv 8-10); Monty Graham (The Ribbon, St Luke ch 2 vv 11-14, and The Candle, St Luke ch 2 vv 15-20); and Connor Carrie (The Fruit).
Midway through the service children and some older members of the congregation carried their Christingles with lit candles around the darkened church while the congregation sang the carol,‘Still the Night’.
Other hymns included‘ItWas On a Starry Night’;‘The First Nowell’,‘Away in a Manger’and ‘O Come AllYe Faithful’.
Mr Mowbray thanked all who helped with the preparations, especially Isobel Harper and her helpers who prepared the Christingles.