2nd Sunday of Advent

Posted on 01. Dec, 2016 in Advent, Christmas, Seasons of the Church Year

Sunday December 4th is the second Sunday of Advent  – another candle lit on the Advent wreath, in the countdown to the Feast of Christmas. Still in the season of ‘Waiting’. Dominican priest Fr. Joe Cullen examines how we deal with the past and how we can respond to God’s grace as we face the future. […]

Advent and Expectation

Posted on 17. Dec, 2015 in Advent, Christian Values, Christmas, Church Teachings

Advent is a season of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the birth of Jesus. The word Advent means “coming” or arrival and it symbolises the spiritual journey of waiting. It was also traditionally a time of fasting. Prof Siobhán Garrigan, the Loyola Chair of Catholic Theology and Director of the Loyola Institute, […]

First Sunday of Advent

Posted on 29. Nov, 2012 in Advent, Seasons of the Church Year, Uncategorized

December 2nd is the first Sunday of Advent. Miriam Gormally spoke with Rev Darren McCallig, Church of Ireland Chaplain with Trinity about what that means and the kind of things we can do to in preparation for Christmas. Miriam began by asking Darren if there were similarities between Advent and Lent.

Advent 4

Posted on 10. Dec, 2008 in Advent, Seasons of the Church Year

  The last Sunday in Advent is particularly special, as there is particular excitement in the air. The waiting is nearly over and Christmas is in sight. Miriam Gormally met Helen Gallivan, author of Dawn without Darkness and The Temple Within, who has always had a particular love of Advent. She explains to Miriam Gormally […]

Advent 3

Posted on 26. Nov, 2008 in Advent, Christmas, Seasons of the Church Year

Christmas is less than two weeks away, the 3rd candle will be lit and we start hearing something of the joy of Christmas on this Sunday, traditionally called Gaudete Sunday – Rejoice Sunday. For many people it can seem almost impossible to rejoice in these difficult times, so can we enter into the spirit of […]

Advent 2

Posted on 26. Nov, 2008 in Advent, Seasons of the Church Year

As we approach the 2nd Sunday of Advent, the run up to Christmas has well and truly taken root in the shopping centres.  Yet, as the second candle is lit, we can still take some time out to think about the great feast we will be celebrating.  Is it possible to do this in the […]

The Celebration of Advent

Posted on 12. Nov, 2008 in Advent, Seasons of the Church Year

As we approach the season of Advent, we prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus.  In a world where the commercial side of Christmas starts earlier each year, the idea of waiting and preparing becomes a greater challenge than ever before. Perhaps this year more than ever it is time to reflect on this wonderful […]

Fourth Sunday of Advent

Posted on 12. Dec, 2007 in Advent, Family, Feminism/Women in the Church, Seasons of the Church Year

The story of Advent is the story of a woman waiting to give birth.  Here Hilary Lyons tells an extraordinary story of another woman who waited many years to give birth.

Third Sunday of Advent

Posted on 12. Dec, 2007 in Advent, Church Teachings, Seasons of the Church Year

Has Advent lost its meaning?  It was traditionally a time of great waiting and fasting, but these days it is a time of indulgence and frenetic activity.  Hilary Lyons MSHR, reflects on what advent has become and how we can still find meaning in the hectic pace of today.  She began by explaining how she […]

Music: Veni, veni Emmanuel

Posted on 28. Nov, 2007 in Advent, Music, Seasons of the Church Year

From the CD ‘Biscantorat’ – Sound of the Spirit – the Monks of Glenstal, with Noirin Ni Riain and Sinead O’Connor herald the Advent season with Veni, Veni Emmanuel.