On Tuesday 3 December, 2,500 children from across the Diocese of Westminster celebrated the Nativity story in Westminster Cathedral at the annual Catholic Children’s Society Advent Carol Service. The event was divided between two groups, the first led by Mgr. Phelim Rowland at 11am and the second by Archbishop Vincent Nichols at 2pm.
The Nativity play was performed by the children and narrated by Paul Winterbottom from the charity playing the role of Joseph. It also included a live sheep and donkey.
In his homily the Archbishop spoke to the children about the gifts which the Wise Men gave to Jesus and the gifts which the children give to the charity by their fundraising. He told the children that just as the Wise Men gave to Jesus, so they had given to the Children’s Society so it can do the Lord’s work.
Paul Winterbottom, Head of Communications and Fundraising for the charity said: “It was a great celebration for all involved and it was wonderful to have the Cathedral so full twice over for the children to take part in this years’ services. We are incredibly happy with how it went today and grateful to all those who help put the service together”.