The Rev Paul Crabb, who found the baby boy inside a Tesco Bag for Life, led prayers for the newborn, his mother and all those involved.
He said: “We’re here to be together, to share our sadness and to express our love for a little boy we never knew, yet whose death has changed our lives.
Concern grows for mother after tragic baby left outside Leeds church in Tesco Bag For LifePerson who left baby outside Leeds church in Tesco Bag for Life might not be motherThe baby boy was found on Wednesday morning on the doorstep of the vicarage to St Peter’s Church in Bramley, where this afternoon’s outdoor ceremony was held.
Despite the efforts of paramedics, he died soon after in hospital.
A number of floral tributes and teddy bears have left outside the church in Hough Lane in the past two days.
Addressing those gathered, Mr Crabb said: “We’re here to be together, to share our sadness and to express our love for a little boy we never knew, yet whose death has changed our lives.
“We gather to hold in our hearts his mother, hoping and praying that she will find the help that she needs.
“We come to be together with God whose love for that precious child is even greater than our own and whose care for him and his mother will never cease.”
After leading three prayers, he thanked those who had attended and asked them to keep the baby boy and his mother in their thoughts.