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Advent Carol Service I

24 Nov 2018 18:00 - 19:30


St John's College holds two Advent Carol Services. Saturday 24 November 2018 at 18:00 and again on Sunday 25 November 2018 at 15:00 (the Sunday Service will be recorded for broadcast on Advent Sunday (2 December 2018) on BBC Radio 3)


The season of Advent is traditionally a time of preparation for Christmas, and its observance dates from the sixth century in Gaul. Originally, it stretched from St Martin’s Day (11th November) to Christmas Eve, and was known as ‘The Lent of St Martin’. This title suggests the parallel between Advent and the Lenten fast. Meditations on the themes of judgement and our ultimate destiny were developed for each of the four Sundays of Advent.

The ancient people of God, the Jews, looked forward to the coming of God’s Kingdom when there would be a new order of justice and righteousness. The early Church saw that the Kingdom had been anticipated and experienced through the life and ministry of Jesus Christ, but still prayed ‘Thy Kingdom come’, looking forward to a second coming and the final consummation of all things.

The pattern of this Advent service (in its four sections) reflects the season’s growing anticipation, both of the first coming of Christ and of that Day when the prayer ‘Thy Kingdom come’ is finally and fully answered.


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Please note that these Services are not suitable for toddlers or babies.


If you have any quries about this, or any service, please email the Chapel Clerk or phone on (01223) 338676.