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01/12/2016

My first 'Darkness to Light'

On Friday, 25th November I participated in my first 'Darkness to Light' ceremony. I pleaded with my mother to let me do it and she filled out the form and sent it in.

During the week before, I was fitted for my cassock which is like a long, buttoned up cloak which goes down to your feet and covers your clothes. Our rehearsal in the Cathedral that night was very exciting because we got to process around the Cathedral with our own Bishops, Canons or Reverends. I was paired up with Lucy M-B and she was great company!

Finally, the big day arrived and I was very nervous but ecstatic at the same time! We all lined up either side of our Canons/Bishops in the cloisters and went up one side of the Cathedral and out of the other door on the right hand side. Everyone in the procession walked outside the Cathedral in the darkness, feeling very proud in their smart cloaks, then back in through another door near the front this time.

As the lights inside the building went out, we slowly walked in, our hearts beating fast, wondering where to focus our eyes in the inky darkness. Then, from the middle of nowhere, a tall candle was lit and then some more, and some more. Before long, everyone was mesmorised by a thousand candles flickering around them. I must confess staring at a candle, straight in front of your face, does make you a little drowsy but I managed to stay awake!

I enjoyed the whole experience so much and hope that everyone else did too. It is something I will remember for the rest of my life. Thank you very much to everyone that helped, participated or watched this amazing ceremony.

Sophie O, Year 6

Photos by Ash Mills Photography

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