The Celebration
of
Advent and Christmas 2017

in

The Parish of All Saints
South Hobart

 

Introduction

While Advent certainly begins a new Church Year, it also grows out of the Season of the Kingdom which has alerted us to themes such as “Watching and waiting”, “being ready for Our Lord’s appearing”, ready for the coming of the King in his kingdom now.

This is not a penitential season in the same sense as Lent. However, being in a state of readiness for our Lord’s appearing will necessarily lead us into a preparation that will involve penitence and self-examination, but we will not stay there. Nor will we simply see the Advent discipline as only a lead-in to the Christmas festival.

You will notice a restraint in the observance of this season: we neither have flowers in Church, nor do we say the “Gloria”.

We will, however, have signposts on our journey to Christmas. These will be the weekly lighting of the Advent Candles, the blessing of the Jesse Tree and the blessing of the Christmas Tree. Explanations of these ceremonies will be found down the page.

The two main characters of Advent are John the Baptist and Our Lady. They will, particularly from the third Sunday of Advent, look
forward to the Incarnation.

This is a busy time of year for everyone. ‘Tis the season to be frantic! The many demands on our time and added activities intrude on our preparations at this holy time. Waiting for Our Lord needs to be a priority. Use this page and the attached brochure to help plan your Advent pilgrimage so that you may greet the Christ Child with great joy when he appears.

Sundays in Advent

 

Sunday 3rd December
Advent Sunday – Year B Begins Today

7:45am Mass
8:45am Eucharist with Hymns, Lighting the First Advent Candle,
and Children’s Church (Saint Raphael’s Fern Tree)
10:15am High Mass, Blessing of the Advent Wreath,
Lighting the First Advent Candle,
and Children’s Church
Preacher: The Reverend Dr Robert Faser
We begin the Advent journey with the blessing of the Advent Wreath and the lighting of the first Advent Candle. The wreath itself gives visual meaning to our Advent journey. The circular shape symbolises the coming of the Lord, in the past in flesh, in the present in grace and in the future in glory. The evergreens are a sign of our hope of salvation. The candles represent the “light of Christ” coming progressively as each week another candle is lit. The purple candles are for repentance and conversion, the rose coloured candle to remind us that the Lord is always near.
7:00pm Advent Lessons and Carols (see page 5 of the Advent Brochure)

Sunday 10th December
Second Sunday in Advent

7:45am Mass
8:45am Eucharist with hymns, Blessing of the Jesse Tree,
Lighting the Second Advent Candle
and Children’s Church (Saint Raphael’s Fern Tree)
10:15am High Mass, Blessing of the Jesse Tree,
Lighting the second Advent Candle,
and Children’s Church
Preacher: Fr Peter Lindenmayer
Jesse was the father of David, the ancestor of Jesus. In 1949 a nun took up the idea from Isaiah, “A root shall spring from the stump of Jesse and from its roots a bud shall blossom.” This Advent symbol traces some of Jesus’ ancestry, beginning with creation (at the
bottom) and the working its way up to Jesus at the top. Our names are included to identify with him.
5:00pm ‘Family Carol Singing’ (see page 5 of the Advent Brochure)
Sing your favourite Carols
Meet Characters of Christmas

Sunday 17th December
Third Sunday in Advent – Gaudete Sunday

7:45am Mass
8:45am Eucharist with hymns,
Lighting the Third Advent Candle,
and Children’s Church
(Saint Raphael’s Fern Tree)
10:15am High Mass,
Lighting of the Third Advent Candle,
and Children’s Church
The name for this Sunday, the mid-point in Advent is taken from the opening word of the Introit Sentence of the Latin Mass – “Rejoice!” We rejoice in the message of hope brought by John the Baptist, in the promise of eternal life that is ours through Christ. And so, today, the excitement of our movement towards Christmas is beginning. The colour is “Rose”, a colour of the Blessed Virgin Mary, “The Mystic Rose” of ancient hymnody.
7:00pm ‘Ceremony of Nine Lessons and Carols’ (see page 5)
sung by the Choir of All Saints
with congregational carols.

Sunday 24th December
Fourth Sunday in Advent

10:15am High Mass, Blessing of the Christmas Tree,
Lighting of the Fourth Advent Candle,
and Children’s Church
Please Note: There is only one Mass on Sunday morning
for Advent 4.
The colour of the tree continues to emphasise the theme of our hope in Christ, “the Word made Flesh.” The branches point us upwards and remind us, in every situation, to look to God who is our source of strength. The lights on the tree ask us to focus on Christ who is the Light of the world, a light no darkness can put out. In response to God’s love for us made clear in Jesus ,we place our offerings for those in special need at this season under the tree to bring God’s love and hope to our world this Christmas.

Christmas Services

Christmas Eve
4:00pm Vigil Mass with Carols
Especially suitable for the elderly and those with limited mobility
5:30pm Family Liturgy at the Christmas Crib
11:00pm Blessing of the Crib, Procession
and First High Mass of Christmas
with Organ, Brass and Choir
Join us for a Champagne Supper afterwards
Christmas Day
8:45am Eucharist with Carols (St Raphael’s Fern Tree)
10:15am Procession and High Mass (All Saints)
Sunday 31 December 2017 – Feast of the Holy Family
7:45am Mass
8:45am Mass with Hymns and Children’s Church (St Raphael’s Fern Tree)
10:15am Procession, High Mass and Children’s Church (All Saints)
Sunday 7 January 2018 – Feast of the Epiphany
7:45am Mass
8:45am Mass with Hymns and Children’s Church (St Raphael’s Fern Tree)
10:15am High Mass and Children’s Church (All Saints)

No Evening Services until Sunday 5th February 2017