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Thousands gather to see St Paul's move from darkness to light

More than 4,000 people came to St Paul's to mark the beginning of Advent at two special services, which saw the Cathedral move from darkness to light.

SEE ALL THE IMAGES FROM THE ADVENT PROCESSION

The services, entitled Looking for the Light (December 1 & 2), were sung by the Cathedral Choir and featured music by composers such as Rachmaninov, Poulenc and a new work by Matthew Martin, commissioned with the generous support of the St Paul's Music Patrons.

The music was interspersed with readings, beginning with the opening of Genesis, Let there be Light.

The Advent Processions are part of the long tradition in the English Church of vivid Advent services, the purpose of which are to help us as we prepare for the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, and for his coming in glory.

During the services, the Procession moved from West to East, from the direction of darkness towards the brightness of sunrise. It expressed symbolically our desire to turn away from the darkness in which we are separated from God, and draw closer to the Light, which is God. 

The candlelight in the procession wis a reminder of the light of the presence of the incarnate God in our human nature, God with us.