Hereford Cathedral sees the Crib as an important part of presenting the message of Christmas.

In 2002, we had a temporary crib, made by Hereford College of Art. In this, the baby Jesus was controversially seen in a supermarket trolley, which brought some national coverage.

From 2003 onwards, the cathedral worked with local schools to create different aspects of the Christmas story.

2003: Ayleston School made the Holy Family

2004: Hereford Cathedral School made shepherds and sheep

2005: Whitecross School made a huge angel

2006: Bishop’s School created the three kings

2007: St Mary’s School made a delightful camel

This crib served us well for seven years but ultimately, showed signs of wear.

For the past three years, we have been working with Paul Caton, a sculptor from Lingen, near Presteigne. Using designs by Canon Sandy Elliott, Paul has made the crib figures in limewood:

2014: The Holy Family and an angel

2015: A shepherd with sheep, with a lamb and sheepdog

2016: Another shepherd and the three kings

The crib was dedicated during Advent and will be blessed by the Bishop of Hereford at Evensong on Christmas Eve, which begins at 5.30 pm.

A prayer at the Crib.

May the joy of the angels,
the humility of the shepherds,
the perseverance of the wise men,
the obedience of Joseph and Mary
and the peace of the Christ Child
be God’s gifts to us
now and always.