Lord Provost Sadie Docherty, Archbishop Philip Tartaglia and pupils from John Paul II primary school.

Lord Provost Sadie Docherty, Archbishop Philip Tartaglia and pupils from John Paul II primary school.

Lord Provost Sadie Docherty was joined for the service of blessing in George Square on December 2 by representatives of the various churches involved in Glasgow Churches Together, and by the children’s choir from John Paul II Primary (resplendent in Santa hats with flashing lights) and the Alba Brass ensemble.

The children led in singing several well-loved carols before Archbishop Tartaglia blessed the crib, which he described as a reminder of the peace and heavenly joy of Christmas. He then read the simple narrative of the birth of Christ from St. Luke’s Gospel.

Fr. David Wallace, Chair of Glasgow Churches Together, led brief intercessory prayers for the City, its civic leaders and its citizens, and for peace and prosperity for all people throughout the world, before inviting everyone to join in saying the Lord’s Prayer.

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