Posted by: Belinda Hargreaves
Thu 7th December 2023
There was lots of fun and laughter at a Derbyshire village church recently when the vicar dressed up for their Christingle service.
The festive event recently took place at St Leonard’s Church in Shirland and saw Reverend Aron dress up as a giant Christingle.
Church member Jill Wilkinson kindly sent in these photos to the Spirit of Alfreton, and said: “Here are a couple of photos taken of Reverend Aron dressed up as an orange at our Christingle service held on Monday last. The children – and adults – loved it.”
A Christingle is a symbolic object used in the Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany services of many Christian denominations.
Christingle related to a word of Germanic origin, Christkindl, meaning ‘Christ Candle’ or ‘Christkind’ meaning ‘Little Christ Child,’ and is used to celebrate Jesus Christ as the ‘Light of the World.’
Christingles are made from an orange decorated with red tape, sweets or dried fruit and a candle. Each of these different elements has a special meaning: The orange symbolises the world; The red ribbon shows God’s love for the world and the blood of Jesus; The sweets/dried fruit represent God’s creations; The four cocktail sticks can represent either the four seasons or the four corners of the world; while the candle represents Jesus being the light of the world, bringing hope to those in darkness.
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