‘Marry me – the Son of God is on his way’

THERE is nothing quite as unique as a Herm School nativity, with this year’s concert no different.

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The school’s five pupils performed in a packed St Tugual’s Chapel, marking the real start of the festive season.

Nativities have been performed on the altar step every year for almost five decades. In a world of consumerism and technology, it’s always nice for the children to be reminded of the real meaning of Christmas.

The story starts in less than happy circumstances. Mary loves Joseph, but he still holds a flame for his ex-girlfriend and isn’t totally committed. She tells him that they are miraculously about to have the Son of God, so he had better marry her, and he reluctantly agrees.

Soon after the wedding and just days before the birth, Joseph admits that he forgot to mention he was from Bethlehem and that they have to take an arduous journey by donkey for the census.

Arriving in Bethlehem with Mary in labour, they discover that the inn is full because of the census, but the innkeeper kindly offers them room in the stable.

When it comes to Herm School concerts, it’s even more fun when there aren’t enough children to go around. This year the Angel Gabriel was played by, according to the programme, ‘Random Puppet’, who gave a gripping performance in being stuck to a wall.

Also the first of the three kings had his two ‘friends’ – small king bears – sewn to his shoulders.

Comments for: "‘Marry me – the Son of God is on his way’"

Dickturpin

Such complete rubbish and what a terrible shame that we should, as responsible adults, be infecting our children's minds with this utter travestry of the truth.

We criticise Muslim Fundamentalists for their beliefs but then attempt to infect our own children's minds with concepts equally false.

All religious activities and teaching should be removed from the School curriculum - it is a corrosive and destructive. process It is ultimately a complete waste of time much better spent on developing skills in analysis and constructively critical skills.

Beanjar

I wouldn't have a problem with removing all religious teaching from all schools. Except, perhaps, a brief precis of different beliefs as part of history lessons.

But your comment reads like you are seriously comparing ISIS with the Church of England and finding them equally noxious. If so, you really need to get a grip.

#gashtag

#brainwashing

#bah-humbug

Beanjar

I'm not religious in the slightest, but this sounds sacrilegious to me. I don't have a huge problem with teachers taking a swipe at Christianity, just so long as they do the same for Islam at the end of Ramadan. They won't, of course, this is another tiny part of undermining our traditional culture and heritage.

PLP

At the risk of sounding all "bah humbug" I'm inclined to agree. It may sound strange to some but as a Christian I'd rather they did a secular Christmas play instead of what sounds like a feeble attempt to "sex up" the traditional Christmas story.

Portraying Joseph as a dimwitted and confused "two timer" is particularly irksome. What is wrong with an honourable, self-sacrificial, committed man who is committed to his wife? In this day and age society could do with a few more Josephs.

Curly

I bet none of you 'non-believers' refuse the two or three days holiday you are given every year to celebrate the birth of Christ.

donald

Religion - the biggest evil of our time?