Library hosts multi-faith ceremony

St Helens Council’s Library Service recently held a multi-faith lighting
ceremony, bringing together different faiths under the lights of the
Christmas tree.

The first of its kind in the borough, the event at Central Library hosted
members of the Christian, Jewish and Muslim communities for an evening of song, prayer and celebration.

The Jewish festival of Hanukkah was celebrated with Rabbi Abel lighting the Chanuki candle and leading the crowd in song and a presentation was
delivered by Basem Khalil, Consultant Paediatric Surgeon in the Royal
Manchester Children’s Hospital, on Moses and Jesus in the Light of
Revelations given to the Prophet Muhammad.

Readings were provided by young people from the Central Library Reading Hack group and carols were sung by children from Holy Cross Primary school.

Reverend Martin Wood from Wesley Methodist Church gave a blessing followed by the tree lighting.

Guests included Mayor and Mayoress of St Helens, Councillors Steve and Lynn Glover, former Mayor and Mayoress Councillors Geoff and Carol Pearl, and Councillor Jeanie Bell, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing.

The tree was kindly donated by Rainford Christmas Tree Land and decorations were provided by members of the St Helens Women’s Institute.

The event was deemed so successful and well-attended that there are plans to repeat it annually.