Reception would like to say a big thank you to Father David for teaching them all about the special meaning of a Christingle. The children listened really carefully as he explained the meaning of each part and then followed instructions extremely well to make their own. It was a lovely experience to light the candles altogether and say prayers to help us remember children less fortunate than us at Christmas. Reception would also like to thank William, the church organist who travelled all the way from Barnsley to play Christmas carols as we worked.
A Christingle consists of:
* an orange, which represents the earth;
* a red ribbon around it representing the blood of Christ;
* dried fruits skewered on cocktail sticks pushed into the orange, representing the fruits of the earth and the four seasons; and
* a lit candle pushed into the centre of the orange, representing Jesus Christ as the light of the world.
‘Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favour rests.”‘ Luke 2:13-14