Friday, December 11, 2015

"The Hanging of the Greens"

The lead-up to Christmas is punctuated with familiar events and rituals, some of which are
exhausting and others which are by nature wonderfully life-giving.  The service 'The Hanging of the Greens' is certainly among the latter.  The service is especially dedicated to the work of Anglican Family Care (AFC) in Dunedin and the special relationship the Cathedral has with AFC.  A simple service of carols led by the Cathedral Choir, readings, and prayers it concludes with the decorating of the Cathedral's Christmas tree.  At the end of what for some will have been a long and possibly stressful day, it offers a moment of respite and an opportunity to re-connect with faith and the hope of the season.  It has its light-hearted aspects and there was real joy in the fun of decorating the tree.

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