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Rejoicing in Advent

Dear All Saints and St Marys

 

As we enter into the third week of advent we are asked to be a people who rejoice. To be people of Joy. This Sunday, Advent III,  is also traditionally known as “Gaudete” Sunday, a day of refreshment from the austerity of Advent. The readings for this Sunday take on a new energy as we are a people who are invited to “Rejoice and pray without ceasing”. (Thessalonians) They mark a moment when we know that we are getting closer to Christmas – it is literally just around the corner!

 

As from the 17th December there is also an tradition from the 6th Century of marking these final days of Advent with the O Antiphons. They mark the different ways in which we name Jesus – Emmanuel, Rex, Oriens, Clavis, Radix, Adonai and Sapientia – which reads “Ero Cras” meaning “Tomorrow I will be there”. Each day from now till Christmas we can consider who it is that we are waiting for – God with us, King, Morning Star, Key of David, Root of Jesus, Lord and Wisdom. The titles which are ascribed to Jesus. Each day from now until that morning, we are encouraged to enter more deeply with joy into what it means to worship God in Jesus Christ.

 

In this last week of Advent, among all the carols and preparation, I am looking forward to holding onto this time of space and reflection, to staying with the waiting season a little longer and commend to you the O Antiphons as a way of doing this.

 

Our Sunday services for the 17th December are as follows:

10:00am

Creative Church - Theme: Advent

St Marys

10:30am

Holy Communion with Hymns

All Saints

6:30pm

Carols By Candlelight

St Marys

 

Please find attached the weekly sheets and Roots materials at the end of this message.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD

Weds 20th

9:00am

Celtic Morning Prayer

All Saints


6:30pm

Carols Around the Yew Tree

All Saints

Thurs 21st

10:00am

Holy Communion

St Marys


2:00pm

All Saints Family Cafe Christmas Crafts

All Saints

Sat 23rd

12noon

Saturday Lunches

St Marys


4:00pm

Family Carols with Christingle

St Marys

Sun 24th

8:00am

Holy Communion

All Saints


10:00am

Sung Holy Communion

St Marys


10:30am

Service of the Word

All Saints


7:30pm

Carols By Candlelight

All Saints


11:30pm

Midnight Mass

St Marys

CHRISTMAS DAY

10:00am

Christmas All Age Communion

St Marys


10:30am

Christmas All Age Communion

All Saints

Blessings


Revd Lizzie

 

Revd Lizzie Kesteven

Vicar of All Saints Church and St Marys Church, Fishponds

Interim Co Area Dean of Bristol City Deanery

Advisor for Spirituality for Bristol Diocese

 

0117 9650856

07973917720


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