The weather was welcoming, warm for December and the threatened rain had gone away. The young choir from St. Bartholomew’s were ready and waiting (some in short sleeve tops!) and the Alba Brass were ensconced in their little marquee. There was an expectant crowd of people waiting around the platform. We were all set fair for the Blessing of the Crib in George Square, Glasgow.
It was a lovely service – simple and warm. It began with Lord Provost Sadie Docherty leading the church representatives from the City Chambers to join the crowd at the crib, as the children and the band led everyone in singing O Come All Ye Faithful, followed by Away
Lord Provost Sadie Docherty welcomed everyone to the service, reflecting that the Blessing of the Crib was a joyful occasion which turns our thoughts to children, family and love. Archbishop Tartaglia then led the church representatives present in blessing the crib and all who would look upon it.
There was a short reading from the Gospel story of the nativity, before the children led us in another carol The Angel Gabriel. Rev. Karen Hendry led prayers of intercession for our city, its Council and leaders, its citizens and all who serve, and for peace and prosperity for people throughout the world – a moment perhaps of more serious reflection on the problems in our world against the joyful background sounds of people preparing for Christmas.
We prayed the Lord’s Prayer together before the final blessing by the church representatives. Then the children and Alba Brass led us in a bouncy rendering of We wish you a Merry Christmas.