20th Annual LGBT Christmas Carol Service

20th Annual LGBT Christmas Carol Service

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You had to arrive before 8pm to be sure of getting a seat at this wonderful Advent celebration on the 8th of December 2018 in the Unitarian Church on St Stephen’s Green in

Brian Glennon, Rev Bridget Spain, Rev Marianne McGiffin

Dublin!

For 20 years Brian Glennon has been organizing this event with the great support of Rev Bridget Spain who always reminds us that EVERYONE is truly welcome in the Unitarian Church!

Brian Glennon selected this quote from “Spiritual Direction and the Gay Person” by James L. Empereur SJ 1998, p1:

‘Homosexuality is one of God’s most significant gifts to humanity. To be gay or lesbian is to have received a special gift from God. All humans receive their own special graces from their creator, but God has chosen some to be gay and lesbian as a way of revealing something about God-self that heterosexuals do not.’

Maureen Looney brilliantly adapted John Betjeman’s ‘Christmas’ to give it a Dublin flavour for the First Reading.

For the Second Reading Des O’Carroll delighted us with ‘A Childhood Christmas’ by Patrick Kavanagh.

Rev Marianne McGiffin linked Brian’s opening quotation with the gospel of Luke and encouraged us all to be true to ourselves.

The Dublin Gay Men’s Chorus were superb and were joined for the first time ever by a lady who thrilled us with ‘O Holy Night’.

The Response to the prayers of Intercession was “Let us love without borders” before the lights were dimmed and everyone came forward to light a candle.

The collection for Brother Kevin at the Capuchin Day Centre for Homeless People raised €1,500.The mulled wine (The George) and mince pies (GastroGays) were greatly appreciated by all!

Thank you Brian and all the great team for this very special 20th LGBT Christmas Carol Service!!

Colm Holmes

Lights dimmed as everyone came forward to light a candle