This Advent the Crib figures of Leicester Cathedral go on tour! The Cathedral Crib consists of half life size oak carved figures of Mary, Joseph, the Baby Jesus, the three Kings, three shepherds, lambs and a stable.

Mary, Joseph and the baby together make the Holy Family and travelled to Frolesworth for their service on the first Sunday of Advent, 1st December. On the third Sunday in Advent, two shepherds and two Kings will join the Holy Family and travel north to St Luke’s, Stocking Farm whilst a King and shepherd will travel east to Christ the King, Smeeton Westerby for two evening services on the 15th at 7.00pm and the 22nd at 4.00pm. After that, Billesdon will welcome the figures at their end of term schools service on 20th December, and then the Holy Family, Kings and shepherds travel west again to Burbage for their candlelit service of Nine Lessons and Carols at 4.00pm on Sunday 22nd December. The scene will be set at Leicester Cathedral ready for the Crib Service at 3.00pm on Christmas Eve to welcome the weary family back to a service of readings and carols with the Cathedral Choir. All welcome.

The Dean of Leicester, The Very Reverend David Monteith, said of this journey: “At Christmas, we all make journeys. As these figures travel through the Diocese and on to the Cathedral, they help us make the journey to God, present as the child of Bethlehem.”