Anglican Heritage / Advent traditions: Christingle Services

Although a cradle-Episcopalian, there’s much I’ve still to learn about Anglican heritage and traditions – especially those traditions more common in the Church of England, or other provinces.

The Rev. Patrick Comerford, Canon of Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin has some interesting resources and information about Chrstingle Services.

A Christingle is an orange surmounted by a lighted candle and decorated with fruit and a red ribbon. This is a Moravian tradition that was introduced to Anglicans in recent years. It was developed by the (Church of England) Children’s Society, and has become increasingly popular in the Church of Ireland.

 

His post today features a Christingle hymn: ‘Round orange, round orange, you serve as a sign’

The verses of this hymn follow the process of creating a Christingle, using an orange and the other symbolic decorations. As the Christingle is created, verses 1 to 4 may be sung one at a time, preceding or following each stage of the activity. Then the whole hymn (verses1 to 5) can be sung at the end.

The hymn is rich with symbolism that coincides with the symbols used in the hymn. The orange represents the world. The red ribbon indicates the love and blood of Christ. The dried fruits and sweets are symbols of God’s creations. The lit candle symbolises Christ, the light of the world.

Round orange, round orange, you serve as a sign

by Elizabeth Consett

Round orange, round orange, you serve as a sign
That God made the round world with purpose divine.

The power of love is always the same:
Be glad, give thanks, rejoice in God’s name.

Red ribbon, you tell of the bloodshed and pain.
Which led to forgiveness when Jesus was slain.
The full entry is here.

You can learn MUCH more about Christingle traditions and services from the website of the Children’s Society of the Church of England, which has a dedicated Christingle page.

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