The Season of Advent begins on Sunday 2nd December when the Cathedral will hold its annual Advent Procession at 4.30pm.
The Advent Procession involves bringing light to the darkness, but the service also captures an idea that is central to our keeping of Advent: the recognition that the beautiful world in which we live is marred by our human wilfulness, greed and violence.
The light that shines in the darkness of the Church represents the light of Jesus Christ shining in our dark world. That light dispels the darkness, but not without showing up the dark places of our world, and of our lives. The light of Christ sees us as we are; it judges all, but it is also the illumination and the warmth, the guiding light, which leads us from darkness into light.
The Advent Procession is punctuated by sung phrases, drawn from scripture, known as the Advent Antiphons. With one exception, all refer specifically to Jesus, who is regarded – by Christians at least – as the fulfilment of Jewish expectation and Old Testament prophecy. These ‘O’ Antiphons are addressed to God, calling him to come as teacher and deliverer.
During the Service the Cathedral Choir will sing the following music:
after Palestrina – Matin Responsory
Macmillan – O Radiant Dawn
Beamish – In the Stillness
Goldschmidt – A tender shoot
McKie – We wait for thy loving kindness
Praetorius/Vulpius – Es ist ein Ros entsprungen
Joubert – There is no rose
Lauridsen – O nata lux
after Palestrina – Vesper Responsory
The following hymns will be sung by all:
Come, thou Redeemer of the earth
On Jordan’s bank
Hark the glad sound
Come, thou long-expected Jesus
O come, O come, Emmanuel
Lo! He comes with clouds descending
All are welcome to attend this wonderfully atmospheric service.