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Thousands attend Gloucester Cathedal for 'bumper Christmas' of services

By The Citizen  |  Posted: December 26, 2013

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It's been a bumper Christmas at Gloucester Cathedral, with thousands attending services.

The numbers of people attending the Cathedral at Christmas continues to grow as, despite the poor weather initially, thousands came to services at Christmas.

On Christmas Eve, the Family Crib Service was attended by around a thousand people, mostly families with young children.

Gentle the donkey also came to help describe the role of the donkey in the Christmas Gospel, of carrying the Son of God, Jesus.

The evening carol service with the cathedral choir was so full with over 1600 people that many had to stand throughout the service or even sit on the floor of the cathedral.

At midnight, around 800 people came to the first Eucharist of Christmas and more then 500 people came to hear the Bishop of Gloucester give his tenth Christmas sermon.

The Dean, The Very Revd Stephen Lake said; “This is a huge team effort but a meaningful one, as people come to hear anew the good news of Christmas, and they seem to be coming in ever greater numbers. We are grateful to them and to God.”

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