We are aware that this liturgy is more suitable for the northern hemisphere - at least at this time of the year! We will leave it up all year round for our friends in the south - and would be interested to know how - or if - you use the earthly season to highlight aspects of the religious season... do let us know! (address below)
Settings for the Liturgy
Either warm and cosy indoors - or well-wrapped up
Bring evergreens and other natural materials into your worship area. Add fruit and nuts - to speak of fruitfulness even in the midst of barrenness.
Use aromatic oils - cinnamon - orange - sandalwood to add a warm fragrance to the proceedings.
You might consider gathering round a fire - where this is safe to do so.
Use lanterns or, if you must, torches to read by - you will also find it useful to print out in large print!
Consider also using poetry (e.g. Gerard Manley Hopkins) or the canticle of St Francis
The liturgy has a "Celtic" feel - and so look to traditional carols - The Holly and the Ivy - and many others use the natural world to speak of the spiritual one... rediscover the symbolism.
The Iona Community's "Wild Goose Worship Group" has produced several songs which might be useful. (You can find a link to their site on our links page: Other Christian Sites)
Making it part of a Christmas party
We are not going to suggest a menu - but outside would lend itself to roasted chestnuts and baked potatoes - with hot soup and mulled wine (recipe on request!).
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