The young girl Nicholas Bishop

The young girl Nicholas Bishop

Photos: St. Mary's Church

St. Mary's Parish Church

Woodbridge, Suffolk, England

St. Nicholas Day

St. Nicholas is the focus of this service, ulitizing the gifts of children and young people. Children carried the incense, served as acolytes, readers, received the offering and led the prayers. The young girl bishop, assisted by her Bishop's Chaplain, censed the altar, invited the congregation to confession, spoke the words of the peace as all the children shared the peace with every adult, and assisted the priest with the Eucharist. The sermon told the story of Saint Nicholas and reminding listeners that Jesus said we must become as children, urging adults to rekindle childlike qualities of hopefulness, joy and trust. The young bishop also distributed bags of chocolate golden coins to all the children.
The young girl Nicholas Bishop
Children took an active role in the service: lighting the Advent wreath, reading lessons, offering the paryers of the people, and taking up the offering
Censing the altar and the Eucharistic Prayer, with the young Bishop assisted by her Bishop's Chaplain
Gifts of gold chocolate coins for all the children
A gift for the rector, too!
The recessional