Posted: Friday, November 30, 2012
Advent may be the most easily recognizable season of the year. The signs are familiar: the trees and decorations go up in homes and public places, and stores are decked out with all the trappings of Christmas.
We here at Grace Cathedral love all these beautiful preparations for Christmas and also observe Advent as a time of spiritual reflection and anticipation. The word “advent” quite literally means “arrival” or “coming” – as in the anticipation of the coming of Jesus. During this season, we wait and hope for the arrival of a state of perfect peace and harmony. We still live in world where violence and injustice exist and so, throughout Advent, we slow down, and endeavor to live in a way as though these problems have all been washed away.
As has been our tradition, our Advent Procession was held on the first Sunday of Advent at 3 p.m. Inspired by English cathedral usage, our Choir of Men and Boys offered both traditional and modern music alongside prophetic biblical texts as the procession moved through our own cathedral bringing light and bright hope into the darkness. Use the player below to hear the audio from the service.
Watch the video below for a fun and relatable explanation of Advent.
Advent is also an active sort of waiting, in that we strive to do justice and to love our neighbors with renewed vigor. We try to seek out places where violence and inequity exist, and step into them with peace and joy fully alive in our hearts.
Thank you to those joined us in loving our neighbors with renewed vigor by donating on behalf of those in need in our community.
Sunday, December 16
We collected donations of new or gently used children's books, for the "Stories From Mom or Dad" program of Grace Cathedral's jail ministry. In this program, the children of an incarcerated parent are provided with voice recordings of their absent parent reading to them, which fosters an essential connection.
Sunday, December 9
We collected donations of non-perishable food items for the San Francisco Food Bank.
Sunday, December 2
We collected donations of clothing and toiletries for the residents of supportive housing facilities at Episcopal Community Services.