Christ Church Candlelit Service Leads Participants into Advent

By Lynn Glanville

Advent Procession

Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, marked the beginning of Advent yesterday (November 30) with its annual Advent Procession Service at which Archbishop Michael Jackson presided with Dean Dermot Dunne.

The cathedral was lit only by candles and the focus of the service was on paradox of Advent – the tension between the joyous anticipation of the birth of Jesus and the inevitability of the cross.

The evening’s readings reflected the emphasis on Christ’s second coming and included themes of accountability,
judgement and the hope of eternal life. The course of the service traced the witness of the prophets, and of John the Baptist and Mary, all of whom pointed to the birth of Jesus.

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