Advent at Cardiff Cathedral
Advent marks the beginning of the new liturgical year. As well as marking new beginnings, Advent is a time of expectation and preparation, where we await the second coming of the Lord, as well as His immediate coming at Christmas.
Advent is a time of waiting, conversion and of hope:
waiting – memory of the first, humble coming of the Lord in our mortal flesh; waiting – supplication for his final, glorious coming as Lord of History and universal Judge;
conversion, to which the Liturgy at this time often refers quoting the prophets, especially John the Baptist, “Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Mt 3,2);
joyful hope that the salvation already accomplished by Christ (cf. Rm 8, 24-25) and the reality of grace in the world, will mature and reach their fulness, thereby granting us what is promised by faith, and “we shall become like him for we shall see him as he really is” (John 3,2).
“Come, Lord Jesus”
The Advent refrain of “Come, Lord Jesus”, is something which will take us through our season up to Christmas. When the Church prays ‘come’, it recognises that it is Jesus Christ who is the source of its life, and the cause of its identity. The Church, in praying “Come, Lord Jesus”, acknowledges that Christ Himself is the norm and content of our life of faith, of our prayer, indeed, of everything we do. As we make our refrain of “Come, Lord Jesus”, we truly recognise our need of Him and His salvation, and so look to place ourselves in His presence. Advent teaches us how to pray.
As part of our spiritual preparation for Advent, I would like to invite you to join me in the mornings (via live- stream), for a time of quiet Advent Recollection with the Lord. This time will begin with the Angelus at 7:15am, and concluding with Morning prayer at 8:00am. I pray that this time of quiet will inwardly shape us so as to be able to enthrone the Infant King at the centre of our lives.
Sacrament of Reconciliation
During Advent, there will be the opportunity to experience the mercy of the Lord in the Sacrament of Reconciliation throughout the week. The usual times of Confessions are as follows:
Tuesdays and Thursdays – 12:00pm until 12:30pm
Saturday mornings – 11:00am until 12:00pm
Saturday evenings – 5:00pm until 5:45pm
Saturday, 19th December 2020
Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available throughout the day. Confessions begin after the morning Mass, as usual, and will run continuous until 5:00pm. More information to follow.
Service of Lessons and Carols
The annual Service of Lessons and Carols will take place on Sunday, 20th December 2020, beginning at 3:00pm. The Service of Lessons and Carols will be followed by mulled wine (or tea or coffee) and minced pies at the Cornerstone, served to socially distant tables. The bar will also be open. The price of the ticket is £10.00. Max of four per table.
Due to limited numbers at both the Cathedral and the Cornerstone, this will be a ticket-only event. To purchase a ticket, please contact the Cornerstone directly on (029) 20 494 425.
Advent with the Saints
Our brothers and sisters over at RCSpirituality have developed the Advent With The Saints programme. They write:
As we turn our thoughts and activities to Christmas preparations in this craziest of years, we may feel a little out of control, and a little anxious. It is hard to feel joy in the midst of so much uncertainty and fear.
Yet in difficult moments God always finds a way to raise up new saints. Saints, people like you and me, who by the way they lived their lives remind us that God is with us.
This Advent, let’s turn to our older brothers and sisters in the faith to be encouraged and inspired by their lives of holiness to embrace our own. Join us for Advent with the Saints to discover how we are being called to give hope and be the light of Christ’s love for the world.
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