Advent - Epiphany

Our hope is in Jesus Christ, the light of the world, and this period of Advent, Christmas and Epiphany helps us turn towards him and celebrate his coming, and rejoice in the transforming joy that brings to the world.

We celebrate God coming amongst us in the babe of Bethlehem and move from waiting to fulfilment, darkness to light - our great Creator, who was and is and is to come.

In Advent we traditionally reflect on The Four Last Things - Death, Judgement, Heaven and Hell - but also look forward in hope and anticipation to the coming of Christ as Saviour as a human being, God with us. These two elements of solemn contemplation and joyful expectation are both essential to the proper understanding of a good Advent.
'Come, thou redeemer of the earth, And manifest thy Virgin-birth: Let every age adoring fall; Such birth befits the Lord of all.'

Sunday 28 November
ADVENT SUNDAY

Today we begin a new Church Year and begin again to explore the depth that this has to offer.
10.30am Solemn Mass
Preacher: The Revd Prebendary Noel Hector, Rector of All Saints, Clevedon
5.30pm A reflective service built around the Great O's' of Advent

Sunday 5 December
2ND SUNDAY OF ADVENT

We hear Isaiah proclaim that in the kingdom 'the wolf shall lie down with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the kid', and John the Baptist calls his listeners to repentance.
10.30am Solemn Mass
Preacher: Fr Mark Smith, Chaplain of Kings College Taunton

Sunday 12 December
3RD SUNDAY OF ADVENT

The prophet Isaiah looks forward to the time when, 'the ransomed of the Lord shall come to Zion with singing', whilst John the Baptist hears in prison of the great thing that Jesus is doing.
10.30am Solemn Mass
Preacher: The Revd Anthony Wareham, Senior Minister at Clevedon Baptist Church
3pm Christingle Service with St John’s School

Sunday 19 December
4TH SUNDAY OF ADVENT

On the 4th Sunday of Advent, the response of Mary is the focus of our attention, with Isaiah’s prophecy that 'the young woman is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel', and Matthew‘s gospel tells of the annunciation to Joseph, Mary was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit.
10.30am Solemn Mass
Preacher: The Rt Revd Mike Hill, formerly Bishop of Bristol
5.30pm Lessons and Carols

At Christmas, God comes among us - not in power, or in eloquence, but as a new-born, dependent upon human love and care for his survival. The great preacher Lancelot Andrewes called Jesus, The Word without a word, because the swaddled baby in the manger is also the power which has brought everything into being. Because God emptied himself out to become human, human beings are forever brought back into close intimacy with God.
'O sweet Child of Bethlehem, grant that we may share with all our hearts in this profound mystery of Christmas. Put into the hearts of men and women this peace for which they sometimes seek so desperately and which you alone can give to them. Help them to know one another better, and to live as brothers and sisters, children of the same Father. Reveal to them also your beauty, holiness and purity. Awake in their hearts love and gratitude for your infinite goodness. Join them all together in your love. And give us your heavenly peace.'
Prayer of Pope John XXIII

Friday 24 December
CHRISTMAS EVE

When peaceful silence lay over all, and the night in its swift course was half spent: down from the heavens, from the royal throne, leapt your all powerful Word.
5pm Family Crib/Christingle Service
6pm Vigil Mass
11.30pm Midnight Mass

Saturday 25 December
CHRISTMAS DAY

Yea, Lord, we greet thee, born this happy morning!
10.30am Mass of Christmas Day

Sunday 26 December
FEAST OF THE HOLY FAMILY

10.30am Solemn Mass

Monday 27 December
FEAST OF ST JOHN THE EVANGELIST

6pm Mass with Carols

Tuesday 28 - Friday 31 December
Mass at the usual times

Saturday 1 January 2022
MARY, MOTHER OF GOD

12.30pm Mass with Carols  

Sunday 2 January
2ND SUNDAY OF CHRISTMAS

10.30am Solemn Mass
5.30pm Evening Prayer and Benediction

Epiphany is ‘a showing’. It is associated with light, with the idea of being illuminated with an astonishing truth which changes life for ever. First, Jesus is recognised as a King and worshipped by the Magi, who follow the light of a star to his dwelling place. Second, Jesus is himself baptised in the river Jordan and the ‘heavens tear apart’ as he is recognised by God himself as his Son, the Beloved. Third, at the wedding in Cana, Galilee, Jesus shows his abundant and generous power, changing water into wine at the wedding feast to which he comes as a guest.
'We honour this holy day, adorned with three miracles: today the star led the Magi to the manger; today water was turned into wine for the wedding: Today Christ desired to be baptised in the Jordan, that he might save us all. This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Alleluia.'

Thursday 6 January
THE EPIPHANY OF THE LORD

7.30pm Solemn Mass