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Advent 25 – Friday 25 December

Good morning… …on Christmas Day! The Animals’ Carol, by Charles Causley Christus natus est! the cock Carols on the morning dark. Quando? croaks the raven stiff Freezing on the broken cliff. Hoc nocte, replies the crow…

Advent 24 – Thursday 24 December

Good morning… …on Christmas Eve.  This is traditionally the final day of an advent calendar, with a double window.  In many cultures this is the day for bringing in the tree and lighting it, and the evening for the…

Advent 23 – Wednesday 23 December

Good morning, We turn today to a story in the infancy narratives of Christ called the Presentation of the Lord, or the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and celebrated at Candlemas, 2 February.  Luke’s Gospel…

Advent 22 – Tuesday 22 December

Good morning, Behind today’s window is a brand new setting of Christmas Carol by Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906).  The Radio 3 Carol Competition this year asked people to submit a new tune for the poem.  Over a…

Advent 21 – Monday 21 December

Greetings, Today is the shortest day, and the winter solstice.  This year has seemed a time of long darkness in many ways: as a new virus spreads across the world, shortening lives, and bringing about measures…

Advent 20 – Sunday 20 December

Good morning… … on this fourth Sunday of Advent, when a fourth candle will be lit on advent wreaths in churches, on the final Sunday before Christmas.  In different parts of the United Kingdom we learned yesterday of…

Advent 19 – Saturday 19 December

Greetings, Behind the last two windows have been reflections on the visit of the Magi to the infant Christ.  That story introduces King Herod to the story, the baddie of nativity plays.  We learn that he was frightened…

Advent 18 – Friday 18 December

Good morning, Behind today’s window are gold, frankincense and myrrh – virtually of course.  I’m not sure the Chaplaincy budget would stretch to the real things.  These were the gifts the Magi presented to the infant…

Advent 17 – Thursday 17 December

Welcome to the next window in our Advent Calendar.  Today we move to the story of the Magi, those astrologers from the east, who observed a star rising, and followed it to Jerusalem, and then to Bethlehem.  There have…

Advent 16 – Wednesday 16 December

Greetings, A further window in our Advent Calendar today opens on to the shepherds and angels, or rather, a related theme which is perhaps only hinted at.  The shepherds care for sheep – and throughout scripture Jesus…