Glaswegians will be flocking to the City Chambers in George Square this Christmas for the annual Carols for Peace gathering which takes place on Sunday, December 18, at 3 pm.
Most of the Christian denominations in the city will be represented at the event, organised jointly by the Glasgow Churches Together group and the Lord Provost’s office.
Monsignor Gerry Fitzpatrick, of St Leo’s RC Church, Dumbreck, is making last minute preparations for the music for the gathering where prayers will by led by the Rev Sandra Black, Moderator of the Presbytery of Glasgow and minister of Toryglen Parish Church.
The skirl of the pipes will echo out through the Chambers as will the stirring sound of the Rutherglen Salvation Army Band and the singing of the celebrated St Mungo Singers. They will all be part of the gathering, which take place in the Banqueting Hall and which will include a harpist and a small music ensemble.
Monsignor Fitzpatrick said: “It’s an open invitation. Everyone is welcome to Carols for Peace which was established ten years ago when the troubles in the Holy Land were particularly intense.
“It continues as an annual celebration and whilst it is a joy-filled event it includes prayers for people everywhere afflicted by violence, war and any kind of distress.”
Glasgow Lord Provost Bob Winter will be represented at the gathering by Bailie Catherine McMaster, and people from churches right across the city are expected to attend.
There will be a formal procession of civic and church representatives and, a ‘Proclamation of Christmas Approaching’ will be read. A carol will then be sung and the Moderator will lead this prayer:
Father, as we celebrate the coming of your Son among us
we gather here, united in spirit with our sisters and brothers
in the Holy Land and throughout the world.
We acknowledge your love for all your children,
And we pray today that the whole human family
may be drawn more closely together in love and peace..
There will be a reception in the City Chambers after the service at which seasonal refreshments will be provided. There is no charge for people wishing to attend this event.