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George Square being continued so successfully. This year the
weather was unusually welcoming, more so than in some previous
years, and a good crowd gathered for the service.

As the Lord Provost, church representatives and guests came
from the City Chambers, the St. Anne’s Primary School Choir
and the Alba Brass led the singing of “Silent Night ” and not even
the noise from the ice rink and stalls in the Square could spoil the atmosphere.

The Lord Provost welcomed everyone to the service before the children charmed us with a lovely modern Christmas song “Christmas isn’t Christmas”,
sung clearly and with great feeling. The reading of the Christmas story from the Gospel of St. Luke followed, before Dr. Laurence Whitley, minister of
Glasgow Cathedral blessed the crib and all who would look upon it.

The Alba Brass

The Alba Brass

The children led us in another well-loved carol, Away in a Manger, and Fr. David Wallace led the prayers for the city and for peace:

For God’s blessing on The Lord Provost, the Leader of the Council, the citizens of Glasgow and all who serve them.
Lord, hear us: Lord, graciously hear us.

For peace and prosperity for people throughout the world:
Lord, hear us: Lord, graciously hear us.

Everyone joined in saying the Lord’s Prayer, before the church representatives gave the blessing.
Suddenly we were at the end of what had been a short but inspirational service and all that was left was to sing with gusto “Ding, Dong merrily on High” and thank everyone who had made the service possible.

 

Some of the congregation

Some of the congregation