Some shots from the Vatican’s Christmas tree lighting

98-foot spruce donated by Ukrainian faithful

people hold traditional ukrainian decorations during the christmas tree lighting ceremony in st. peter's square.

The Vatican’s Christmas tree was lit in the center of St. Peter’s Square today, Catholic News Agency reports. A gift from the people of the Ukraine, the 98-foot spruce was decked out with 2,500 gold and silver ornaments and stands next to the square’s obelisk.

Rome Reports has a charming video of Ukrainian children singing a Christmas song during the tree-lighting ceremony, and below are some lovely images from Catholic News Service of the ceremony and the tree itself.

people hold traditional ukrainian decorations during the christmas tree lighting ceremony in st. peter's square.

the christmas tree glows in front of st. peter's basilica.

 choir members from ukraine sing during the tree-lighting ceremony.

 a ukrainian-made angel adorns the christmas tree in st. peter's square.

 

A couple stops to look at the Christmas tree.

 


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