Throughout history, the Church has kept Advent as a season of great solemnity – a time in which to meditate upon the ultimate issues of death, judgement and heaven. Advent, though, was also a time of great rejoicing. For Christ would come, not only as Judge, but also as Saviour. Advent, therefore, provided a vivid preparation for Christmas.
The Advent Procession aims to recapture something of the longing and hope of Advent. It begins in darkness. As the service unfolds, the Light is carried to other parts of the Pro-Cathedral as the procession moves from west to east.
The Cathedral Girls’ Choir has sung a selection of Advent carols and seasonal music at this special service for the last few years. This year they will be joined by the Gentlemen of the Palestrina Choir for the first time.
This is a particularly special way to start Advent. We hope that many of you will join us on Advent Sunday, 27th November at 8pm for Darkness to Light, the Advent Procession.