St Mary and St Anne Moseley
Order for the Eucharist on Sundays in Advent
Welcome to our service
We come here to offer worship and prayer to God to be fed by word and sacrament, through our Lord Jesus Christ, and to build one another up in the Christian faith and life. Advent is a season of expectation and preparation. The Church prepares to celebrate the coming (adventus) of Christ in his incarnation, and also looks ahead to his final advent as judge at the end of time.
The readings and liturgies not only direct us towards Christ's birth, but also challenge the modem reluctance to confront the theme of divine judgement. The Four Last Things – Death, Judgement, Heaven and Hell are traditional themes for Advent meditation. The characteristic note of Advent is therefore of expectation, rather than of penitence. In our anticipation of Christmas modern commercial pressures make it harder for us to sustain the appropriate sense of alert watchfulness, but the fundamental Advent prayer remains ‘Maranatha’ – ‘Our Lord, come’.
Advent falls at the darkest time of the year, and the natural symbols of darkness and light are powerfully at work throughout the season. Before the service, use the time to be still and silent to pray and to offer your life to God. Immediately prior to the start of the service notices are given and a period of silence is held to prepare for worship during which candles may be lit on the Advent Wreath.