The Society video for the Fourth Sunday of Advent will be available at 5:30 PM this evening. You can watch the video here:
The services for this week are:
10:50 AM Sunday 20th December: Mass (with carols in the churchyard before the service)
1215 PM Wednesday 23rd December: Mass
7 PM Thursday 24th December: 1st Mass of Christmas
10 PM Friday 25th December: 2nd Mass of Christmas
11AM Sunday 27th December: Mass (First Sunday of Christmas)
If you are coming to one of our Christmas services, please remember to book in advance by either signing the sheet at the back of church, or sending us an e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Bishop of Ebbsfleet’s homily for the Fourth Sunday of Advent can either be watched here:
or can be read here:
Bishop Jonathan’s pastoral letter, which we should try to pray with him at 12 PM every day in Advent, can be read here:
This year, working with others, The Society are delighted to make available two resources for Christmas: O come let us adore Him and The Wondrous Gift. Please also see the letter from the Council of Bishops.
The simple words “O come let us adore Him” from the well known Christmas carol “O come all ye faithful” speak so powerfully to us at this time, particularly as we think of the crib sitting, as it does, at the centre of the Christmas narrative. The Church Union and The Society, which is supported by Forward in Faith, are delighted to release on Sunday at 4pm two resources designed to enrich our crib devotions. One is a video of a crib service aimed at worshippers of all ages which was filmed at St Thomas of Canterbury, Brentwood and features local children singing carols as well as prayers and readings from the Bishop of Richborough, the parish priest Fr Mark North and the curate Fr Matt Austen. The second resource is a prayer booklet of the same name which can equally well be used for our crib devotions at home as it can be in church. It too has prayers to be used by children and we are indebted to Clare Williams for her assistance with this aspect of the booklet. As we meditate on the words ‘O come let us adore Him’ we think not only of the infant Jesus in the crib but also of the Incarnation, the light of the world. When we next receive Jesus present in the Eucharist, we pray that we can say “O come let us adore him” with renewed zeal and love for Him. Amen.
It can be download it here.
The parish of St Thomas of Canterbury, Brentwood has also allowed us to share its Christingle video:
The Wondrous Gift
At 7pm on Christmas Eve, the Church Union and The Society, which is supported by Forward in Faith, will release its Christmas video ‘The Wondrous Gift.’ As part of a brief Christmas reflection, Bishop Will Hazlewood lights the fifth and final candle on the Advent wreath, while Fr Philip Barnes explores the profound theological themes of the season in his accessible talk. The video concludes with yet more wonderful music from the choir of St Stephen’s Gloucester, Road. We are grateful to all those who contributed to the set of Advent and Christmas videos and we pray that this Christmas season brings you joy and peace.
It can be download here.
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To mark the first of the Great O Antiphon days in the final week of Advent leading up to the celebration of Christmas, the Church Union and The Society, which is supported by Forward in Faith, are delighted to issue this wonderful recording of the Advent hymn ‘O Come, O Come. Emmanuel’ by the choir of Saint Stephen’s, Gloucester Road. The hymn picks up on the messages of the O Antiphons, which address Our Lord by one of His messianic titles from the Old Testament. This linking of the Old and New Testaments is a striking and profound dimension of Advent from which we can learn much as we prepare for Christmas.
Please stay safe this Christmas, and take time to reflect on the mystery of the incarnation.