advent

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
Cosmologists tell us that although we see only 2 per cent of the universe, scientists ‘know’ by inference that the other 98 per cent must be there. It’s just that it’s hidden behind dark matter and black holes. This might be helpful for thinking about Advent.This season should make us aware that we know very little about God.  What we do know, even the events of Christ’s first coming, are only a fraction of what is still to be discovered. In St Paul’s...
A refugee at a JRS class in Kenya: Christian Fuchs/JRS
Advent has always held a special place in my heart.  It is a special time of the year – one in which we prepare for Christmas and so traditionally think of family members, friends and loved ones. It is also a time of expectation and longing, of preparation and of waiting for Someone to come along with all of the promise of a new beginning, a new way of living and, of course, of eventual redemption. There is something particularly poignant about Advent and Christmas when...
 Kissing the face of God Oil on canvas, by Morgan Weistling
“Be on your guard, stay awake, because you never know when the time will come.”Do you believe in love at first sight?When I was at college I had a friend called Mark. And, one evening, we went out to dinner with a group of other students. At the dinner he met a young lady called Laura and they seemed to get on very well together. And, as we walked home, he told me that he had fallen in love with her. This was the woman for him, there would be no other. They would get married, live...
The Jesuits in Britain are launching an Advent Retreat specifically geared to the deaf and hard of hearing community. The service has been developed by the team that provides the daily prayer session for use on portable devices, Pray As You Go, which started in 2006. It now has more than 60,000 users per month, in 180 countries for the English language version alone (it is also available in six other languages). Using British Sign Language (BSL), the sessions follow the usual retreat...
In 2006 the Jesuits in Britain launched Pray as you go, an audio daily prayer offering. This Advent, we are trying to expand our prayer outreach to those with hearing difficulties. Using British Sign Language (BSL), the sessions follow the usual retreat format of a time for stillness, followed by a passage of scripture and questions for reflection. It does not include music and other sounds, or subtitles, but relies instead on signing. Readings are taken from the lectionary for each of the...
Come and join us on a Saturday morning for:a short guided reflectiontime for silence or stillnessthe chance to talk to an experienced listenerSome nice coffee and pastries will also be available.The theme will be "Advent and Waiting"As we reach towards the end of term, join us to savour the magic of Advent. We will hold on together for the light yet to come in anticipation of future celebrations and joy.Places will be limited so please book in advance: 020 7488 7325 or welcome@...