Osnabrueck BRIDFAS carries on Anglo-German Christmas Carol Tradition

The Silent Stars Go By

The lovely resonating sound of the Irish harp added a special dimension to the sense of peace and tranquillity emanating from the ancient walls of the church in Holte, near Osnabrück, when we held our Christmas carol service there on 3rd December.

This has now become a popular tradition and was again very well attended by Bridfas members, friends, local church -goers and some new faces. Pastorin Astrid Bunsemeyer had kindly agreed to lead us through the service, and she was ably assisted by organist Ulrich Schlie and by Bridfas members reading the lessons and prayers in English and German alternately. The well- loved Christmas carols telling the Christmas story, resounded throughout the church, but a short interlude in between gave us time for some quiet reflection and then the opportunity to enjoy again Marie Pieck’s expertise on the Irish harp.

After the service we all trooped into the church hall, which greeted us with a lovely, warm pre- Christmas ambience of holly, ivy and red candles decorating the tables, tangy mulled drinks, and a splendid array of biscuits with, of course, home-made mince pies.

The happy, relaxed atmosphere encouraged everyone to linger on but night had fallen and gradually farewells were said  and the hall emptied, but for the several helpers who stayed to clear up, among them our Bridfas Mainland Europe representative, Jane Choy, who again had made the trip from the Hague with her husband, to join us on this special occasion.

We would like to express our most sincere thanks to all who helped to make such a success of this memorable Christmas Service.

On behalf of the Bridfas Committee I would like to wish you all a joyful Christmastide and all the very best for the New Year.

Brenda Teschke -   Chairperson