Christingle Service : a sweet affair!
Mid-morning on Christmas Eve, the kitchen in the Chaplain's apartment was filled with a happy team of volunteers making ready for the annual children's Christmas Eve Christingle service. Christingle is a tradition developed by the Children's Society (Church of England). A short children's service ends with the distribution of oranges decorated with a candle and candies.
|Christingle Service, 24 December 2008 (photo: T. Humphreys)|
Carol Service draws record Congregation
A congregation of 240 attended this year's annual Carol Service at Saint Paul's on Sunday evening, 14 December 2008. The collection, taken in support of the work of the Church of England's Children's Society, raised 1,400 € in donations.
Members of the congregation braved a huge storm -- thunder, lightening and downpour -- to attend this year's service. The effort was well rewarded with wonderful performances of the Saint Paul's Church Choir and accompanying soloists -- most famously, with stellar renditions of Philipp Nicolai's "Wake, O Wake" with choir and a magnificent violin performance from our own Pauline Litvin, and the triumphant "Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen (Praise God in All Lands)" from Bach's Cantata 51, sung by Liesel Jürgens -- both pieces accompanied by Hervé Féraud, trumpet, and Gottfried Kappen, organ.
Attending the service, representatives of the Monaco ecumenical community, were Pastor Didier Myer from the Église Réformée and Father Fernando Mallari from the Episcopal Charismatic Church.
Following the service, a festive reception of mulled wine and minced-meat pies awaited the congregation, thanks to the efforts of Helen Tugman and her team of hard working volunteers.
Holy Confirmation: Bishop David Hamid presiding
Affirming the light to conclude the Confirmation service (photo T. Humphreys)
Seven young people (aged 11 to 16) received the sacrament of Confirmation on the Feast of Christ the King, 23 November 2008. Bishop David Hammid, Suffragan Bishop (Diocese in Europe) visited Monaco for the first time since becoming bishop, to preside at the service. For more information about Confirmation at Saint Paul's, click here.
Betty Calder and the collected Jumble for the annual Charity Bazaar (Ecumenical Kermesse), 22 November 2009.
Early First Communion at Saint Paul's
First Communion Class 2008 (photo T. Humphreys)
On All Saints' Sunday, 2 November 2008, the first group of children where admitted to early First Communion at Saint Paul's. In June 2008, the Chaplaincy Council approved a resolution that makes it possible for children, age 7 and older, to receive Holy Communion at Saint Paul's before Confirmation (normally at age 12). For more information about early First Communion at Saint Paul's, click here.
The families of the early Communion group celebrate after the service.