Over two thousand children, from schools in the Westminster Diocese, came to the Cathedral yesterday for the Advent Carol Service, which is now well established in the annual diary.
The service was led by the Cardinal, and Fr Denis Sarsfield, one of the Cathedral chaplains.
However, as the Cardinal himself acknowledges, he has trouble competing for attention with Larry the donkey - now making his fourth appearance at the annual service.
Larry is processed down the aisle, during an imaginative re-telling of the Chrismtas story, where actors use a series of 'flash-backs' to tell the story of the nativity.
Not a sound can be heard as the story unfolds
Here, the Kings wait anxiously to play their part.
This is a vast operation, but we are helped by the Catholic Children's society, and by the enthusiastic response from the Catholic primary schools of the diocese.
It also helps fulfil our aim that every Catholic schoolchild in the Diocese should come to know and love their Cathedral.
Carols and songs raise the roof, and the atmosphere is wonderfully joyful. There are more photographs on the diocesan website here.