Advent and Christmas 2012

The Celebration
of
Advent and Christmas 2012

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 do 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 character 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. It is too easy to allow our business to intrude on our preparations at this holy time. This page and the attached brochure will help you plan your Advent discipline, while the brochure “Waiting in Joyful Hope” will offer a method.

Sundays in Advent

Sunday 2nd December
Advent Sunday – Year C Begins Today

7:45am Mass
8:45am Eucharist (St Raphael’s Fern Tree)
10:15am High Mass and Blessing of the Advent Wreath
Preacher: The Reverend Robert Faser,
Liason Officer, Tasmanian Council of Churches
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 Carols in Procession
sung by the Choir of All Saints

Sunday 9th December
Second Sunday in Advent

7:45am Mass
8:45am Eucharist and Blessing of the Jesse Tree (St Raphael’s Fern Tree)
10:15am High Mass and Blessing of the Jesse Tree
Preacher: The Very Reverend Richard Humphrey, Dean of Hobart
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.
7:00pm “The Ceremony of Carols” – by Benjamin Britten
sung in a liturgical setting by the Saint Michael’s Collegiate
School of Performing Arts Vocal Ensemble
directed by Anne Morgan

Sunday 16th December
Third Sunday in Advent

7:45am Mass
8:45am Eucharist (St Raphael’s Fern Tree)
10:15am High Mass
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 Taizé Prayer
for Advent and Christmas (All Saints)

Sunday 23rd December
Fourth Sunday in Advent

7:45am Mass
8:45am Eucharist and Blessing of the Christmas Tree (St Raphael’s Fern Tree)
10:15am High Mass and Blessing of the Christmas Tree
Preacher: The Right Reverend Phillip Newell
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.
7:00pm Ceremony of Nine Lessons and Carols
with the Choir of All Saints

Christmas Services

Christmas Eve
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
Christmas Day
8:45am Festival Eucharist (St Raphael’s Fern Tree)
10:15am Procession and High Mass (All Saints)
Sunday 30 December 2013 – Feast of the Holy Family
7:45am Mass
8:45am Mass with Hymns (St Raphael’s Fern Tree)
10:15am Procession and High Mass
Sunday 6 January 2013 – Feast of the Epiphany
7:45am Mass
8:45am Mass with Hymns (St Raphael’s Fern Tree)
10:15am High Mass
Sunday 13 January 2013 – Baptism of the Lord
7:45am Mass
8:45am Mass with Hymns (St Raphael’s Fern Tree)
10:15am High Mass

No Evening Services until Sunday 3rd February 2012