Tuesday, 25 December 2007

The Nativity of the Lord

The feast is here at last - the crib is open; the figure of the baby Jesus was placed in the Crib at the start of Midnight Mass.

The arch at the entrance to the baptistery provides a wonderful setting for the crib, while the trees stand nearby, now aglow with lights.

The Cathedral was full for Midnight Mass, which was preceded by carols from 11:30pm. The Bishop spoke about his recent visit to Bethlehem, and of our duty to spread Christ's light in the world.

Two large banners with figures of angels hang on the pillars behind the sanctuary, while the trees can be seen to the left. This picture was taken about 15 minutes before Mass, during the carol singing. More pictures of the Cathedral at Christmas will be posted here later in the week.