Blessing of the Crib in Glasgow 2008
For several years – despite the inclement weather expected in Glasgow in early December – there has been a little service in George Square, outside the City Chambers of Glasgow, where the Lord Provost of Glasgow and leaders of the Christian Churches in Glasgow attend, and adult and children’s choirs lead people in singing carols.
So far the Blessing of the Crib has involved the St Mungo Singers, a choir from Bearsden, a choir from St Catherine’s Primary School, the junior choir from St Leo’s parish, and the school choir from Our Lady of the Rosary Primary School accompanied firstly by the Parkhead Salvation Army Band and then by an ensemble from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.
The Glasgow Crib has been blessed or dedicated in words such as these: Loving God, Your Son Jesus came among us as a sign of your love for us. This crib is a symbol of his birth and of his sharing our humanity. May we, and all who look upon this crib, find here a sense of encouragement and hope. Let this crib be a reminder to everyone that in our humanity all people are related, that together we are one great human family – and that ‘God-is with-us’.
Initially the ‘Blessing of the Crib’ in Glasgow was accompanied by the welcoming of babies born since the previous Christmas in Glasgow who were given a Certificate and gift by the Lord Provost, and by a visit from Santa Claus who gave any children present a little gift. This year these events took place separately because of anticipated logistical problems on the day.