‘Nativity’ begins tomorrow. Meanwhile, you may be interested to know something about the figures of the Holy Family on this page. They also feature on the official Southwark Cathedral Christmas card.

The figures are the work of Luke (he’s in the picture proudly reading the card) an artist in Zimbabwe who is part of a project called ArtPeace. It’s based in the outskirts of Harare. I had the pleasure of visiting the project last year and meeting some if the artists. They all work principally in soapstone and produce all kinds of work. You can find a range in the shop at Southwark Cathedral. The great thing us that the money we raise goes straight to the artists.

I love these figures and it was looking at them that made me want to think this year about the characters involved in the nativity. But more of that tomorrow.

God of our expectation, give us joy as we await the birth of your Son, Jesus. Amen. 


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