Advent begins.

Yesterday was the 1st Sunday in Advent.  I always enjoy this Church lead up to Christmas.  In the morning we had a nice service which included lighting th 1st Advent Candle.

The alter cloth is actually purple, but looks red in this photo.

In the evening we had an Advent Procession.

This starts with the church in darkness and the choir at the rear, west end of the church.  They introduce the theme of th service which is based around the Great Advent Antiphons.  These were originally sung at the Choral Evensong services from December 17th to 23rd.

The choir then processes through ththe church to the Nave and lights begin to be turned on, and all the congregation receive a candle which has been lit from the Advent Candle.  The service continues with Antiphons, Advent carols sung by the choir, congregational hymns, reading and prayers.  The choir moves first to the choir seats and then finally to the High Altar for the concluding part, and then exit in silence.

Very moving and uplifting.  A fitting start to our Advent season.

Here is a picture from the summer to show how smart they all look.