Longest Night service to be held at St Edmundsbury Cathedral...
Longest Night service to be held at St Edmundsbury Cathedral
Whilst the traditional image of the Christmas period is a happy time, full of love and laughter, the truths at the heart of the nativity story include painful challenges arising from issues of migration, homelessness, political power and the pressure of cultural norms.
These truths resonate in our world today, as we deal with bereavement, divorce or separation, cope with the loss of a job, face financial problems or live with a long term illness. The Longest Night service seeks to create a sacred space in which we are not afraid to acknowledge these painful truths whilst we cling to the hope of new life, the ushering-in of the dawn of the new day; that through birth of the Christ-child, light has become to overcome darkness. #LoveWins #FollowTheStar #CallingUsHome
This year at the Cathedral we are holding a service with a difference. Falling just after the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year, our Longest Night service will be held on Saturday 22 December at 3.30 pm. With carols set to music with a gentle celtic feel, this will be a quiet service of refuge, comfort and hope for all facing a difficult Christmas. Held in partnership with local organisations, everyone is welcome, people of all faiths and of none, including supporters, friends and carers who accompany others through difficult times. Do come, either for yourself, or in solidarity with others. You will be most welcome.
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