Clergy Notes — Advent 1, December 3, 2023

It hardly seems possible, but here we are again at the start of the Advent season! A new liturgical year is always an exciting time; although the structure of the seasons is the same each year, we  never experience each one exactly the same way, for our world and circumstances are different; our neighbours are different, and we ourselves are different each year.

At a recent Benedictine conference, each attendee was asked to share what our favourite part of Advent is. It was wonderful to hear the variety of answers – everything from its contemplative tone to the glorious music and special services, to the particular focus on Mary.

It is hard for me to pick a favourite, but I always love the changes in the Daily Office – especially the Marian antiphon – and  I also have a particular fondness for the Advent prose (especially sung!)

I wonder, what is your favourite part of the Advent season? Does it change year to year? Or is there something you look forward to every year?

There are several events happening this season at St. James’ which you are warmly encouraged to participate in as you are able (see the Thurible announcements for more info). These special services are also great opportunities to invite someone new and to share in the blessing and abundance of beauty and tradition that St. James’ has to offer.

What a gift it is to be part of a community which celebrates together so richly! I am grateful to everyone who makes these services possible, and to every person who attends as well. As we enter this season together once more, may we savour each moment as if it was the first… for in many ways, it is!

Every blessing,
Mother Amanda

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