As children prepare to open up the first window on their Advent calendars next week, Southwell Minster will mark the start of Advent next Sunday with the traditional candlelight Advent Service on Sunday, 2nd December at 6.30pm, when the cathedral will be plunged into darkness for a highly atmospheric candle-lit evening service.
The Dean of Southwell, the Very Rev John Guille said: “Just as advent calendars help children prepare for Christmas, so the Advent Procession each year helps us in our preparation and waiting as candles are lit in the darkness of the Cathedral, symbolising the approach of the Light of the World. This particular service offers people the perfect antedote to the often frenetic weeks ahead and is an opportunity to come and reflect about the coming season.”
This popular and atmospheric service with carols and a candlelight procession led by Southwell Minster Choir, will focus on the Christian preparations for Christmas as churches across the world prepare to celebrate the birth of Christ.
The Advent Procession, which has been experienced by increasing numbers of people over the last couple of years, is a dramatic departure from the regular Sunday Evensong. The congregation participates by candlelight whilst the choir moves through the spectacular Minster building singing a wide repertoire of anthems.
Other highlights in the Minster calendar in December will include the annual Christingle Service on Sunday 9th December at 5pm, when children will enjoy the colourful and symbolic service in aid of the Children’s Society.
The Minster will be run two carol services of Nine Lessons & Carols again this year, one on the 23rd December, at 7pm in addition to the usual service on Christmas Eve at 7pm.
All the usual Advent and Christmas services at the cathedral are available on the Minster website: www.southwellminster.org.