St. Joseph’s Hospice has pre-recorded its annual Light up a Life service so that local families can take part online from their own homes.
The service includes readings, prayers and blessings from the Bishop of Liverpool, Tom Williams; Msgr John Furnival; and the Lord Lieutenant of Merseyside, Mr Mark Blundell; as well as the hospice’s chief executive, Mike Parr; and clinical director, Clare Waller.
The annual service, which usually takes place in the hospice grounds with hundreds of local families, ends with the switching on of the lights on the hospice’s Christmas tree.
As usual, local families have dedicated lights on the hospice’s Christmas tree in remembrance of their loved ones, whose names will also go into the book of remembrance at the hospice.
Light up a Life has been expanded this year so that families who have spent time apart during the coronavirus pandemic will be able to dedicate lights to them as well.
Maxine Armstrong, head of fundraising at St. Joseph’s Hospice, said: “We are delighted that we have been able to pre-record this year’s Light up a Life service because it’s such an important event for local families, this year more than ever.
“We have included all our usual special guests, plus there will be some little extra surprises thrown in. We hope that local families will enjoy it and will take the time within their own households to watch it and remember their loved ones this Christmas.”
The video is now available on the hospice’s website, You Tube channel and Facebook.
Light up a Life dedications can be made until the twelfth night.