Based on a traditional pattern of words and music, this year’s Advent procession takes up the theme Waiting for Hope.
The service begins with voices within the dark cathedral calling for the second coming of Christ’s reign with judgement but also mercy; in the tradition of looking east for the dawning of a new birth, a procession of light will come down from the high altar to the west steps. During this time the light will then spiritually embrace us all, so we may take God’s candle of hope and be equipped to journey through Advent, to find Christ at Christmas.
The service will capture the recognition that the beautiful world in which we live is marred by greed, selfishness and violence through war – a theological and moral idea that is central to our keeping of Advent. In recalling the stories of the people of Israel looking for the coming of the Messiah, we hear words from the scripture alongside writers whose message reflects humanity’s need for the coming of Christ to bring light, liberation, justice, peace and hope today. These challenge us to think about the power of Advent as a time to reflect, repent and renew our belief that we can make God’s Kingdom come to a world that is still in conflict and at war.