Although Christingles have been taking place in England for 47 years, the idea of the Christigle began in Marienborn in Germany in 1747, At a childrens service, Johannes de Watteville looked for a simple way to explain the happiness that had come to the people through Jesus,
He decided to give the children a symbol to do this. This was a lighted candle wrapped in red ribbon. At the end of the service, while the children held their candles, the bishop said the prayer, 'Lord Jesus kindle a flame in these children's hearts that theirs like thine become'.
In 1968 John Pensom of The Children's Society adapted Christingle and introduced it to the Church of England.This involved decorating an orange with a red ribbon, dried fruits, sweets and a candle to create a new visual representation of Christ, the light of the world,celebrated by the lighting of the Christingle candle.
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