Canterbury Cathedral is to be lit up with a spectacular light show on Friday 21 December as part of the Church of England’s 2018 Advent and Christmas campaign #FollowTheStar.
The Lumiere will be projected onto the south side of the Cathedral and will be part of Choral Evensong as the weekend before Christmas begins.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd Justin Welby, will be attending the Lumiere event and all are welcome by coming to Evensong in the Quire at 5.30pm and joining the procession outside during the service or by gathering in the Precincts by 5.45pm in time for the light show to begin.
Launching the #FollowTheStar campaign, the Archbishop said: ““Wherever you are this Christmas, you are invited to follow the star and to be with Jesus. #FollowTheStar doesn’t ask you to be perfect. It says: come just as you are to take the life-changing Christmas journey. You are welcome. You are deeply known and truly loved.”
A similar event will take place simultaneously at Durham Cathedral – celebrating the links the two buildings share as ancient destinations for pilgrims, and modern day World Heritage Sites.
The Dean of Canterbury, the Very Revd Robert Willis said: “Pilgrims have travelled to worship at this holy place of pilgrimage over the centuries and to explore aspects of their own journey of faith. We are delighted to be participating in this event which takes our evening worship outside the Cathedral at this time of preparation for Christmas. “
The Lumiere has been produced in partnership with The Projection Studio, which has masterminded projections for the London 2012 Olympics, Lumiere Durham, and a permanent installation on the Blackpool Tower.
The #FollowTheStar light show is a specially-commissioned work to form part of this year’s campaign to encourage people across the UK and beyond to reconnect with church this Christmas. For more information about #FollowTheStar visit www.churchofengland.org/christmas