The season of Advent is full of contradictions, so says Dr Kevin Hargaden, Social Justice Theologian at the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice and Presbyterian Elder. Advent is filled with light and darkness, optimism and hope, and happiness and joy – but ultimately, he said it’s about time coming to its fullness. Dr Hargaden […]
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 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, […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]