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Christmas Carol Services look to 'loyalty to the future'

A feast of 'loyalty to the future' is how we can look afresh at this Christmas, congregations at St Paul's two Christmas carol services have been told.

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In his address to more than 4,000 people at the services on December 23 and 24, the Reverend Canon Mark Oakley said that we must look differently at the way we live our lives so that we are not "all living in a circle of spending money we don’t have on things we don’t want in order to impress people we don’t like."

He went on to talk about the most important things in our lives - love, relationship, connection, trust, wisdom:

"These are the things that increase as they are shared. The more you give of these the more you have. They are unlike wealth and power therefore, where if I win, you lose. In all the things that you and I know matter more than anything else the truth is that if you win, I win too."

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The services, sung by the Cathedral Choir, included the traditional mix of readings and song, with music by Rutter, Warlock and Howells.