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20161225 sjl candlelight service 1

The congregation at First Presbyterian Church sings a carol Saturday evening during the Christingle service. Christingle means “Christ light” and is a tradition started in 1747 in the historical city of Moravia in the Czech Republic. A candle, representing the light of the world — Christ — who also calls us to shine as light in the darkness, is placed in an orange and is decorated with red ribbon and dried fruits and sweets held in place with four toothpicks. The round orange reminds us of the world God created and loves. The ribbon represents the blood of Jesus. The toothpicks represent the four seasons, during which God provides for all of our needs, of which food is just one.
TOM DORSEY / Salina Journal