The season of Advent is a special and sacred time as we prepare our hearts for Christmas, and find unique ways to celebrate and share joy during this time of isolation.
People around the world celebrate the season in many different ways, and yet there is unity in the diversity, as we celebrate the birth of Christ together. I did not grow up in the Anglican tradition, and so my first introduction to Chrismons was at St. James. Our tree looks lovely with all the hand-made and meaningful decorations, each of which tells its own story of faith. Another Anglican tradition that I came across this week for the first time was Christingles. Do you know what Christingles are? Watch the Songs of Praise episode below to find out!
This Songs of Praise episode was filmed a couple of years ago for Advent, with Sean Fletcher as host, in the historic city of Chester. The program reminds us of the needs around us, as it highlights the ways in which Christmas is not always a happy time for all, and can bring sadness and mental health issues to the forefront. The Archbishop of Canterbury shares about his own difficult times growing up, and reminds us of the importance of being there for those who are struggling.
Once again, some great hymns and carols of Advent are featured, along with some newer songs as well. I also discovered another lovely Graham Kendrick song that I hadn't heard before, "Like a Candle Flame". I hope you will enjoy watching this episode... and if you don't know what Chrismons are either, watch Father Chris on our YouTube channel to learn more about them too!