Erith: Christ Church
The Christian year begins on 2nd December the First Sunday of Advent. Advent is about preparing for the Lord’s coming – not just in remembrance of his birth at Bethlehem, but in anticipation of his second coming at the end of time. Therefore, the primary themes are Hope, peace, Joy and Love. However, it is a penitential season and is represented with the liturgical colour purple.
As we await Christ the Light of the World we cannot fail to be mindful of the powers of darkness so evident in our world today. We are drawn to confront the reality of all God’s beloved children who live with poverty, injustice, violence, homelessness and oppression. We ponder, too, our own inner darkness and realise that we stand in solidarity with all who need the Light and Peace of Christ. As we yearn for salvation and cry to God to set us free, we are challenged to reach out to our brothers and sisters in need.
We are so often caught up in the frantic round of shopping, Christmas trees, cards, decorations and social events, that we reach Christmas Day almost too exhausted to celebrate with real joy; the Saviour’s birth.
Let us, this Advent, spend some quiet time of reflection as we realise our real need – the desire that our hearts will be filled with the transforming, healing and tender love and compassion of our Lord Jesus Christ.
With much love, hope, and prayers for a safe and Blessed Advent
Mthr Monica Eunice Cameron, Vicar