Advent

Man with bag looking back over water
ADVENT -  A time for longing, for looking at our needy world - and preparingSAT. 24th November 2018 10.00 coffee & pastry10.30-12.30 time for reflection with Mike Smith SJALL WELCOME!  to Hurtado Jesuit Centre, Wapping
Join JRS UK for an evening of Readings and Carols as we begin the Advent Season.On Monday 3rd December, JRS UK will be holding their annual Advent Service at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Farm Street. It is a chance for refugees, supporters, volunteers and staff of JRS to come together to celebrate the beginning of Advent.  All are welcome.The service of Readings and Carols will be led by Fr Provincial Damian Howard SJ and will include performances from some of our refugee...
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The Gospel for the fourth Sunday of Advent, tells us the story of the Angel Gabriel announcing to Mary that she will be the mother of Jesus.  At this moment Christ comes into our world.   As we say in the Angelus “The angel of the Lord declared unto Mary and she conceived by the Holy Spirit”.  At Midnight Mass, as we move into our celebration of Christmas, we shall hear the story of the birth of Mary’s child.  On the Sunday after Christmas the Feast of the Holy Family...
The digital communications team at Jesuit in Britain have produced a new video to promote Pray-as-you-Go, the app and online Jesuit resource that guides you through a daily prayer. Emma Holland, Producer, and Ruth Morris, Digital Communications Manager, collaborated with Polish producer Mikolaj Cempla to produce the video, which has been released for the Advent season to help listeners prepare prayerfully for Christmas.Producing the high-quality recordings for Pray-as-you-Go often means that...
Magi on camels
An experience of Taize Style PrayerSacred Heart Church, EdinburghThree Mondays during Advent - also on 11th & 18th DecemberPrepare yourself for Christmas by experiencing faith through music, silence and reflection. All are welcome whether you want to stay for the hour or just pop in to say a prayer and light a candle.For more information contact Andrew at pastoral@lauriston.org.uk or 0131 229 9821. 
O Antiphons
I once heard a memorable homily that gave eloquent expression to the idea that the structure of the liturgical year is not a matter of doing what we did last year again and in exactly the same way. Yes, each year we live the same sequence of Advent and Christmas, then Lent and Easter, with blocks of Ordinary Time in between. But every time we approach one of those seasons, each of us is changed from the person who celebrated it the previous year. So it’s never a matter of doing it all...
O Rex Gentium
 Antiphons. They’re the lines you say before and after the psalms during morning and evening prayer, aren’t they? In the case of the O Antiphons, they also find expression in daily Mass in the days leading up to Christmas, and in the hymn ‘O Come, O Come, Emmanuel’.The liturgical context is all well and good, but how do you pray with an antiphon? We know how to recite them, how to sing them, but there must be a way for us to make them more personal, to draw food for...
Light shining in darkness
A few weeks before he died, I got a letter from my grandfather. I remember laughing as I read it – it was vintage Grandpa. I’d written to him a few weeks earlier, telling him about my experience of walking the first part of the Camino Ignaciano, as he had always been a keen hill walker. He wanted to know whether I had been with a companion, or whether the photographs I had sent of me sitting on a rock were ‘selfies’, a concept with which he was only vaguely acquainted,...
Jo Boyce & Friends at SFX in Liverpool
Christmas concert-goers at St Francis Xavier’s Church in Liverpool (SFX) have supported a local initiative for homeless people, as well as raising funds for the church's own ministry in the city, with an event to celebrate the Feast of their patron saint, St Francis Xavier. The SFX Advent and Christmas Concert featured Jo Boyce and Friends (CJM Music Collective); it was sponsored by the Jesuit Fund for Social Justice to help the parish raise much needed funds for the church to...
Wimbledon College's Advent Calendar
Wimbledon College in south west London has produced an online Advent Calendar with daily reflections for the journey through Advent. The College is celebrating 125 years of Jesuit education and its Advent Fundraising Campaign this year is for the Jesuit Refugee Service, with boys (and staff) taking on sponsored 125 themed challenges to raise money.Wimbledon College started its life in the parlour of the presbytery of the newly established Sacred Heart Church and was based at 3 Cranbrook Road:...

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