Round orange, round orange, you serve as a sign (StF 184)

Authors & translators:
Cosnett, Elizabeth
Festivals and Seasons:
Singing the Faith: 184 (CD8 #9)
STF Number:

Ideas for use

The verses of Elisabeth Cosnett’s hymn follow the process of creating a Christingle, using an orange and other symbolic decorations (see below). As the Christingle is created, verses 1 to 4 of the hymn may be sung one at a time, preceding or following each stage of the activity. Then sing the whole hymn (vv.1 to 5) at the end.

Alternatively, the simple and memorable tune (a traditional French melody) lends itself to being sung by solo children’s voices, with the whole congregation joining in for the refrain.

More information

The following summary is taken from The Children’s Society website, which provides further details and resources for Christingle worship services.


  • The orange – represents the world
  • The red ribbon – indicates the love and blood of Christ
  • The dried fruits and sweets – symbols of God’s creations
  • The lit candle – symbolises Jesus, the light of the world

How to make a Christingle in four easy steps

  • Take an orange and fasten a piece of red tape or ribbon around the middle.
  • Cut a small cross in the top of the orange and lay a square of silver foil (75 mm/3" square) over it.
  • Place a wax candle on top of the foil and wedge it firmly into the orange (the foil catches the hot wax).
  • Load four cocktail sticks with raisins, sultanas, cherries or soft sweets, so the points are covered. Insert them around the base of the candle.
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