Around 3,500 people were welcomed into a candlelit St Peter’s church during Berkhamsted’s annual Festival of Light which took place during the afternoon and early evening on the High Street on Sunday, November 24.
The nearly-800-year-old church was beautifully lit up outside with purple light and inside hundreds of tealights and larger church candles flickered in the dark.
It provided a very moving and spiritual experience for those that visited. At 6pm there was a short service of compline, a plainsong service of quiet and reflection, sung for centuries. The candles symbolised the light that Christ brings into the world as Christmas time approaches.
The church team also sold mulled wine and hot chocolate with money raised, and still being counted, going towards refurbishing the 16th Century Court House adjacent to the church.
Saint Nicholas also made an appearance handing out, as is tradition, chocolate coins to children. Saint Nicholas himself was a Christian bishop in circa 280 AD who helped the poor and needy and, after his death, morphed into the legendary character, Santa Claus.
The family carol services are taking place on Sunday, December 15, the Christmas crib services at 4pm and 5.30pm is taking place on Christmas Eve followed by Midnight Mass at 11.30pm and a Christmas Day Family Service at 9.30am.
Further details about future events can be found at www.stpetersberkhamsted.org.uk or visit Facebook page @StPetersBerkhamsted