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December news

Priory News Roundup for December by Ray Bryant

We have lit the first Advent candle at the Advent Sunday Eucharist and the Choir has led the Advent Carol Service on the evening of the same day.  We are in the season of waiting for the coming of Jesus as a human child which we celebrate on Christmas Day.

Before that exciting festival is upon us there is much to do both in Church life and our own private family lives.

Volunteers will be attending to give the Priory a good clean and polish during this month.  Printing, slicing and folding of the small red cards detailing the Church  services for Christmas has been carried out and more volunteers have taken bundles of them to distribute to the  houses in their own area of town.

The Christmas post box is now available in Church for the members to distribute their cards to each other in the coming weeks.

The travelling crib will be visiting the homes of those who wish to take part in the ritual welcoming of the infant Christ into their home.

The annual Christingle service is to take place with lots of hard work among young people and their helpers in preparation for the service and to encourage contributions and support to the Childrens Society.

The Priory will be the setting for a choral concert by the Luton Choral Society on 10 December when they will render Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, a feast of festival music.

Carol singers are invited to join up for a sing around the parish streets on 19 December and you are advised to wrap up warm!

Many volunteers are preparing for the Christmas Market which takes place on 3 December and aims to support the Church’s finances.

All this work and activity takes place in addition to the busy life of our homes and families where so much has to be prepared as we endeavour to clothe, feed and look after our children and to express our love to friends and  loved ones through our gifts and goodwill.

During the Midnight Eucharist on Christmas Eve we often kneel to sing the wonderful hymn

“Let all mortal flesh keep silent, And with fear and trembling stand,

Ponder nothing earthly-minded, For with blessing in His hand

Christ, our God, to Earth descendeth, Our full homage to demand.”

At this point, after the Advent waiting, we can rejoice that Jesus has come and is always here to love and guide us if we believe and trust in him.

Happy Christmas and a Joyous New year

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