Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Christingle Orange at St Peter's Hale, #ChristmasbeginswithChrist



Tim holds a Christingle orange at St. Peter's Hale Christingle service. These services are held twice every Christmas Eve and are always packed out, with no room in the church, let alone a room at the inn.

Christingle means ‘Christ’s Light’ and the custom of giving out lighted candles in Christingle services originates from the Moravian Church in Germany in 1747, but they weren’t introduced to the Anglican Church in England until 1968.

The orange represents the world whilst the candle is to remind believers of Jesus as the light of the world. A red ribbon goes all round the world and represents the blood of Christ. The four cocktail sticks could have either of two meanings: the four seasons or the four "corners" of the world. The jelly baby sweets are the races of people and the raisins a reminder of God’s gifts to the world including kindness and love.

You may enjoy Manchester Harmony Gospel Choir's 2012 Christmas Medley

Merry Christmas one and all!

13 comments:

  1. Fascinating!
    Mele Kalikimaka from Honolulu,
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  2. Merry Christmas from Virginia.

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  3. Interesting custom. Hope you're having a happy Christmas Day wherever you are. And beware of excesses, whether for food or drink.

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  4. Nice tradition! Merry Christmas to you, Chrissy!

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  5. Really nice Chrissy. Thank you. Have a great Christmas day!

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  6. Hoping you and yours have a wonderful day together to celebrate the meaning of Christmas ~ faith, family and friends.

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  7. This is a new and cheering tradition for me!
    Hope your Christmas was a bright and festive one.

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  8. How wonderful to learn. Thank you for teaching me something that i did not know. Please have a great Christmas time.

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  9. A rather belated Merry Christmas Chrissy.

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  10. ...and another even more belated one from me. Merry Christmas to all of you at the Christingle.

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  11. .......and even later from me. This looks and sounds like a nice tradition.
    I hope you enjoyed the Christmas and will have a very HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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