The children get the service off to a joyful start

Those who assembled for this year’s blessing of the Crib in George Square were relieved to see that the weather had taken a turn for the better after so much rain, and there was a great turnout for the service. The scene was set by the St. Patrick’s & Anderston Primary Schools Joint Choir who sang carols and Christmas songs with enthusiasm as people gathered.

Then the Alba Brass launched us into a rousing rendition of O Come All Ye Faithful, as Lord Provost Eva Bolander led the church and civic representatives from the City Chambers to the Crib. The Lord Provost welcomed everyone to the ecumenical service which, she noted, keeps growing in popularity, and allowing us all to share in the true meaning of Christmas.

Alba Brass proving the music

A reading from the Gospel of Luke was proclaimed by Ellie Moran from the Glasgow Presbytery (Church of Scotland Youth) and the Blessing of the Crib followed, led by Rev. George S Cowie in the absence of the Moderator , Rev. Roy Henderson who had been struck down by the dreaded “winter lurgie”.

The children then led us in singing Away in a Manger – what else on such an occasion. Intercessory prayers were read by representatives of the various churches present: for unity in truth, for the civic leaders and citizens of Glasgow, for the young people of the city in this Year of Young People and for peace throughout the world.

The short service finished with the praying of the Our Father and a blessing, before the young choristers sent us off with the joyful We wish you a Merry Christmas.