Advent

Still from The Godfather
You may not think immediately of The Godfather when you hear the title ‘Wonderful Counsellor’ in the passage from Isaiah that is read at Midnight Mass on Christmas Day, but James Crampsey SJ suggests that the association can help us think about what that title means. The one who holds it helps us to ‘recognise the power of God at work in our world in others and in ourselves.’Read 'A child by any other name': the introduction to our Advent series. Read >>I...
Words of Isaiah 9
‘Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace’: this grand and evocative list from the book of Isaiah is read to us at Midnight Mass on Christmas Day each year.  Thinking Faith’s Advent series will consider how each of these titles can kindle our imaginations as we prepare to celebrate the gift of the Incarnation. Karen Eliasen sets the scene by exploring the significance of this ‘remarkable list of names’ as it appears in Isaiah 9:6....
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“Stay awake, praying at all times for the strength to survive all that is going to happen, and to stand with confidence before the Son of Man.'”There are many parts of the Mass that I love, but there is one moment in our Eucharist that I have now come to love as much as any of them - it is that moment when - as part of our Offertory procession - a member of the congregation, one of the people of God,  brings up to the altar, along with the bread and wine, the Petitions Book. Along with the...
The adoration of the shepherds, Asmolean Museum
A series of talks curated by Campion Hall: contemplating the nativity in AdventThe Adoration of the ShepherdsThe Picture Gallery, Christ ChurchA talk byThe Very Revd Professor Martyn Percy (Dean of Christ Church)Jacqueline Thalmann (Curator of the Picture Gallery) Saturday 12th December  4pmThe talks are free of charge and all are welcome 
Our Advent journey through the genealogy of Jesus continues with a focus on David and Solomon.  It is after the inclusion of David that the genealogies given by Matthew and Luke take different paths.  Jim Crampsey SJ imagines a Jesus familiar only with the genealogy in Luke’s Gospel being confronted in an episode of the television show Who Do You Think You Are? with the possibility that his ancestry might not be as it seems… What you need to knowThis article works with two sets...
'Salmon - Boaz - Obed' by Michelangelo
Only five women are mentioned by St Matthew in his genealogy of Jesus, which we are exploring this Advent alongside Pray as you go. Two of the five are Rahab and Ruth, the mother and wife, respectively, of Boaz; and their inclusion reveals some startling truths about faith. David M. Neuhaus SJ asks what we can learn from these women, and from the context in which their stories are told, as we continue to pose the question, Jesus: Who Do You Think You Are?The Gospel of Saint Matthew begins with...

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