Philip Krinks shares some thought as Advent approaches.


This year Advent Sunday falls on Sunday November 30th. This is one of the most important days in the church’s year, as it begins the season of Advent, a season of expectation and preparation. Over the three and a half weeks of Advent, the Church prepares to celebrate the coming (in Latin, the ‘adventus’) of Christ. We prepare both for our celebration of Christ’s incarnate birth at Christmas, and also for His coming again at the end of time, for which we wait.


Advent Sunday is also the church’s New Year’s Day: the start of the church’s year. It begins the great cycle of seasons which leads us through Advent to Christmas, Epiphany and Candlemas, then through Lent, Easter, Ascensiontide to Pentecost and back to the summer’s Trinity season.

At St Mary’s, on Sunday November 30th, as well as the Holy Communion services at the normal times of 08.30am and 11.00am, we will also have a special Advent Carol Service in the evening at 6.30pm.

We will have beautiful music from our choir, together with readings and prayers chosen to deepen and enliven our start to the Advent, and then Christmas, season.

Please mark this Advent Carol Service at 6.30pm on Sunday 30th in your diary now, before November flies by – so that we are all prepared to welcome the Light which shines out in darkness!