Bethlehem at Christmas
At Christmas 1946 I was serving with the 1st
Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders in the British Army,
When I was detailed to take the
boys from the
military band to
Bethlehem to take part in the midnight
service at the
Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem.
Having since boyhood attended many Christmas Services and Midnight Masses and pictured the scene, I was thrilled to actually be in Bethlehem at Christmas.
I felt privileged and will never forget the experience of participating in the Service.
What also remains in my mind were the number of soldiers attending who were wearing side arms, and the number of pieces of "The True Cross" being offered for sale by local vendors.
The Cross must have been very tall.
Keith Ridler-Dutton (December 25, 1946)