So we’re now one service down! The Carol Service this morning went okay, We’re now just got the Christingle Service this afternoon.
I hear you say what’s a Christingle Service about….well this is it.
The Christingle celebration was started by the Moravian Church in the 1700’s. Over the year it’s changed and since the 1960’s became very popular again. I had actually never been to a Christingle Service until I moved to RP.
The Christingle is made of:
An Orange – this represents the world.
Then there is a red ribbon wrapped around it which represents the blood of Jesus (This is his death on the cross for our sins.)
Then there are cocktail sticks with fruit or sweets on it (usually you use dolly mixtures). This represent the fruits of the earth and the four seasons. (So the fruits of the earth and the things we have provided for us like food and stuff like that)
The candle at the top then represents Jesus being the light of the world. As Jesus describes himself in the Bible. In John 8 vs 12 it says:
I am the Light of the World, if you follow me you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life (NLT)
In some services (we do this at church) there is tinfoil around the base of the candle. This is to reflect Christ’s Light and goodness.