Cloth for the Cradle

by Gerry Lynch last modified 24 Dec, 2013 11:35 AM

Spectacular service in Poole based on Iona Community liturgy.

The Revd Brigid Barrett led a 'Carols by Candlelight' service with a difference at St Peter's Church in Poole's Parkstone district. This year's service was full of spectacular visual imagery based on the Iona Community's Cloth For The Cradle liturgy.

To accompany the service, Richard McLester designed a giant tabernacle that rose up out of the congregation to reveal a wooden crib in the centre of the church.

The central part of the tabernacle, a word which literally means 'a dwelling place', was made of concentric squares. At the culmination of the service, the entire structure was lifted up to a point high above the congregation in the middle of the nave.

This revealed the crib and the congregation were then invited to enter the tabernacle and place a strip of cloth into the crib as a prayer.

The purple cross placed over the centre of the tabernacle symbolised the giving way of Advent to Christmas.

Projected into the centre of the tabernacle were angels animated and produced by Martin Coyne.

The aim was to invite the community to actively experience walking into the tabernacle and place their cloth into the manger, a reminder of where Christmas began, in a humble stable in a small town.

See more spectacular images from the service here or watch video footage on YouTube.

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