Dressed in costumes from angels, to donkeys to sheep, over 1,200 pupils from Catholic and Church of England schools across the wider Liverpool area attended a special Schools’ Epiphany service at Liverpool Cathedral on Tuesday 24th January 2017.
‘The Greatest gift’, the theme of this years’ service included a drama, retelling the story of the three kings’ arrival in Bethlehem and a dance of welcoming the arrival of the star by pupils from Maghull High.
The young congregation arrived at the Cathedral greeted by a medley of carols sung by a choir of children from Huyton with Roby CE Primary School.
Bishop Paul was joined by Rt Revd Thomas Anthony Williams, Auxiliary Bishop of Liverpool and lead the service along with Canon Myles, Vice Dean of Liverpool Cathedral.
The children learned of the German tradition of writing the letters CMB on houses – Christus Mansionem Benedict, the Latin for ‘Christ bless this house’ and for the first letters of the Three Kings – Caspar, Melchior and Balthazar. These letters were chalked on the walls either side of the main west doors while soloist Alexander Leatherbarrow, St Hilda’s CE High School, gave a rendition of ‘The Gaelic Blessing by John Rutter.
Bishop Paul said “it was wonderful to join with the Archdiocese of Liverpool once again for this ecumenical event. The service managed to bring the events of the Epiphany to life for the children and it was great to see how engaged and involved they remained throughout.”
A grandmother who was in the congregation commented “Well done to all involved in the service today. I have never seen so many excited beautiful faces, including my own granddaughters. I had the pleasure of holding the door open for some of the children arriving, and the gasps were amazing. They all looked as though they were hanging on every word as well as having fun, which says it all to me.”
Photo credit – Mark Loudon.
Schools in attendance
St Andrew’s CEP, Warrington
St Luke’s CEP, Formby
Wargrave CEP, Newton-le-Willows
St Anne’s RC Primary, Liverpool
St Mary & St Paul’s CEP, Prescot
St Peter’s CEP, Newton-le-Willows
St Gregory’s RC Primary, Netherley
Thomas Gray Primary, Bootle
St Anne Stanley CEP, Old Swan
St Barnabas CEP, Warrington
St Oswald’s CEP, Bootle
Cronton CEP, Cronton
Longmoor CPS, Liverpool
St Andrew’s, Maghull
St Paul’s CEP, Wigan
Leigh Sacred Heart RC Primary
Our Lady’s Bishop Eton RC Primary, Childwall
St Patrick’s RC Primary, Liverpool
Our Lady’s RC Primary, Prescot
Emmaus Primary, Liverpool
Huyton with Roby CEP, Huyton
All Saints RC Primary