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Candlelights returning to Berkhamsted church to welcome in Advent

Candlelights returning to Berkhamsted church to welcome in Advent

St Peter's Church, High Street, Berkhamsted

Sunday 28th November 2021 3-6pm

7pm – Traditional Advent Carol Service

St Peter's, Berkhamsted, will be lit up by a thousand candles and tealights to celebrate the start of Advent as part of the town's annual Festival of Light (where the town's Christmas lights are switched on) which is returning after a year's absence due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Flickering candles, tealights, candelabras and coloured lights will transform the 800 year old church from just before dusk (3pm) on Sunday 28th November giving local residents the opportunity to take a break from the celebrations on the high street and revel in the tranquility, spirituality and beauty of the ancient building.

Symbolising the light that Christ brings into the world, Advent is always a special time in the Christian calendar and marks the start of preparations for the Christmas season. This year is even more special as St Peter's looks forward to celebrating its 800th anniversary in 2022, with a packed year of events and activities planned.

Everyone is welcome to walk through St Peter's, sit and enjoy the stillness or pray and reflect after another unsettling year. There is no cost to visit but any donations will be warmly received.

The Festival of Light will be followed by a traditional Advent Carol service, also conducted in candlelight, which consists of readings, choral anthems sung by St Peter's thriving choir and congregational hymns. The service lasts about an hour. Tickets should be booked and are available here.

Outside, members of the St Peter's congregation will be selling hot chocolate and mulled wine in collectable St Peter's mugs. Saint Nicholas will also be out and about around St Peter's handing out, as is tradition, chocolate coins to children. Saint Nicholas himself was a Christian bishop in circa 280 AD who helped the poor and needy and, after his death, morphed into the legendary character, Santa Claus.

Mark Grego, church warden at St Peter's, comments, "The church looks particularly spectacular in candlelight and it is both inspiring and humbling to think that St Peter's has been at the heart of Berkhamsted for nearly 800 years. The Festival of Light gives local Berkhamsted residents the opportunity to come in and visit the church. All are welcome particularly if they've never stepped over the threshold before to see it looking resplendent and we hope they also enjoy a warming mug of mulled wine or hot chocolate with us afterwards."

Further details can be found at: www.stpetersberkhamsted.org.uk or visit Facebook page: @StPetersBerkhamsted.

Posted: Fri, 12 Nov 2021 10:58 by Town Warden

Tags: Advent, Carol Service, FOL, Festival of Light, St Peter's Church