News for Sunday 19th December: The Fourth Sunday of Advent

News from St Mary the Virgin, Kenton on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th December 2021: The Fourth Sunday of Advent

The media and advertisers would have us all believe that “Christmas is for the children” and certainly their sense of anticipation and excitement grows stronger and stronger as the number of “sleeps until Christmas” get fewer and fewer and as the doors on their Advent calendars are being opened day by day. But what many of those who exist purely in the secular society may not have observed, is that Christmas is not only for the children – but throughout the world, Christians of ALL denominations – Orthodox, Baptist, Catholic, Methodist, non-conformist – ALL are growing in their sense of anticipation and excitement in the celebration of Our Lord's birth. The Good News in the Gospel according to Luke that we will be hearing this weekend reminds us that when Mary went to visit her cousin, that the child she was carrying “leapt in her womb and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit”. That same excitement, that same sense of over-whelming joy will be shared with us too. We are not there JUST yet! There's still a week of Advent to go. A week to get all the household chores completed, the shopping for food and presents finalised, gifts wrapped and decorations up. But that's also a week for us to make our final preparations in ourselves, to be ready spiritually to welcome Jesus when he comes once more to live amongst us. God, became man, for our redemption. Let us not lose sight of CHRIST in our Christmas.

Please read or listen to the Christmas Message from Bishop Sarah. There are so many people in our society, in London and in Kenton for whom Christmas will not be a time of celebration. We pray for them, and I am sure we will each do what we can to help those who are in need.

The first Mass of Sunday is on Saturday 18th December at 6.00pm. Parish Mass is on Sunday 19th December at 10.30am.

David Griffiths