AD­VENT EX­PLAINED

Cockburn Gazette - - OPINION -

WRITER Suzanne Han­ley has asked “What is Ad­vent?”.

Did St John’s Fre­man­tle mean Ad­vent Carols or Christ­mas Carols when St Pa­trick’s Basil­ica choir joined with our own in singing carols last Sun­day?

No, it was not a mis­take; we did mean to say Ad­vent.

Ad­vent (= com­ing) is a four­week sea­son of prepa­ra­tion lead­ing up to Christ­mas.

Each year Chris­tians get ready to cel­e­brate the myr­iad com­ings of God in hu­man history, the com­ing of God in Christ’s birth in Beth­le­hem, and the “sec­ond” or “fi­nal” com­ing when Christ will be all in all – in other words, when God’s jus­tice and peace and love will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

We wish Suzanne and all read­ers a hope-filled Ad­vent, a happy and joy­ful Christ­mas and many bless­ings in the New Year. FA­THER DAVID WOOD, Rec­tor, Parish of Fre­man­tle.

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