This year’s nativity services took place during the last week of term at Notre Dame. Our students gathered in the main hall to watch the lighting of the advent wreath, which was followed by a choir of their peers singing Once in Royal David’s City.
After a reading, our students enacted a traditional nativity story in appropriate costume. The presence of a member of staff playing Mary, with their own young baby in the role of Jesus, made this experience all the most authentic and meaningful for the audience.
A beautiful rendition of Away in a Manger led to a reading from the Gospel according to St Luke, prayers of intercession, and then an Advent and Christmas blessing. Notre Dame’s Lay Chaplain reflected on the star of Bethlehem, the stars on the Christmas tree and in the heavens, and the way in which they all brighten darkness. He said that each student was a star who had a part to play in bringing light into the darkness of the world.
Each service ended with Silent Night sung by the student choir.