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Ruled by the spirit of Advent

We should think of the whole power and splendour of God as always pressing in upon our small souls. “In him we live and move and have our being.” But that power and splendour mostly reaches us in homely and … Continue reading

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Waiting for the last Advent

“The Advent season is a season of waiting, but our whole life is an Advent season, that is, a season of waiting for the last Advent, for the time when there will be a new heaven and a new earth … Continue reading

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Watching in Advent

“Year passes after year silently ; Christ’s coming is ever nearer than it was. O that, as He comes nearer earth, we may approach nearer heaven ! … pray Him to give you the heart to seek Him in sincerity. … Continue reading

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Clean shoes and marzipan

                  I was a lucky child: not only did Father Christmas fill my stocking on Christmas Eve but St Nicholas filled my clean shoes on December 5th with marzipan and chocolate coins. … Continue reading

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Four Rs for Advent

I want to offer you four simple Advent words and to make life easy, they all begin with the letter ‘R’. The first is Repent.    That’s the theme of the Advent prayer, ‘Give us grace to cast away the works … Continue reading

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The Rorate Mass

Darkness, candlelight, stillness, silence and simple plainsong singing are the main ingredients of our lovely Advent Rorate Mass at St Chrysostom’s. We’re encouraging other churches to pick up this tradition! The powerful symbol of light in the darkness pervades the … Continue reading

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St Lucy – an Advent Festival of Light

Saint Lucy (feast day December 13th), also known as Saint Lucia, is the saint of blindness and light. Lucia is derived from the Latin word lux, meaning light. Saint Lucia of Syracuse was a 4th century martyr. According to legend, … Continue reading

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