Today is the Third Sunday in Advent – Gaudete Sunday – or Rejoice Sunday. It is certainly a day for rejoicing here at St Robert’s as we celebrate our first Sunday back in church.
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The electric folk group Steeleye Span had a hit in 1973 with “Gaudete”. It reached number 14 in the UK singles chart. Here it is:
And here are the words in English:
Rejoice, rejoice! Christ is born
Of the Virgin Mary — rejoice!
The time of grace has come—
This that we have desired,
Verses of joy
Let us devoutly return.
God has become man,
To the wonderment of Nature,
The world has been renewed
By the reigning Christ
The closed gate of Ezekiel
Is passed through,
Whence the light is born,
Salvation is found.
Therefore let our gathering
Now sing in brightness
Let it give praise to the Lord:
Greeting to our King.
We have so much to be thankful for here at St Robert’s. Here is an appropriate hymn of thanksgiving:
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DON’T FORGET – WE ARE BACK IN ST ROBERT’S CHURCH NEXT WEEKEND (16th DECEMBER).
FR LAWRENCE, FR JIM AND ALL THE PARISHIONERS WOULD LIKE TO EXPRESS THEIR PROFOUND THANKS TO REV RON FORSTER AND ALL OF CHRIST’S FAITHFUL AT ST GEORGE’S FOR THEIR TREMENDOUS HOSPITALITY OVER THE LAST THREE MONTHS. IT IS VERY MUCH APPRECIATED.
Fr Lawrence has decided not to post any more pictures of developments in the church in order that it will have a bigger impact on everyone when they see it for the first time.
What is Advent?- Gangnam style.
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In this Year of Faith let us enter more profoundly into this holy season of Advent:
Here’s a great hymn for the beginning of Advent, when we remember that Christ will “come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and of his kingdom will have no end”. (Nicene Creed)
This arrangement is by John Rutter and the Cambridge Singers.
Lo! He comes with clouds descending,
Once for favoured sinners slain;
Thousand thousand saints attending,
Swell the triumph of His train:
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
God appears on earth to reign.
Every eye shall now behold Him
Robed in dreadful majesty;
Those who set at naught and sold Him,
Pierced and nailed Him to the tree,
Deeply wailing, deeply wailing, deeply wailing,
Shall the true Messiah see.
Yea, Amen! let all adore Thee,
High on Thine eternal throne;
Savior, take the power and glory,
Claim the kingdom for Thine own;
O come quickly! O come quickly! O come quickly!
Everlasting God, come down!
Christmas at St Robert’s
Monday 24th December (Christmas Eve) – 6.00pm First Mass of Christmas with Children’s Nativity
Tuesday 25th December (Christmas Day) – Midnight Mass with Carols and Readings from 11.30pm.
10.00am Mass of Christmas Day. (No 9.00am or 11.00am Mass)
Confessions for Christmas Thursday 20th December 6.00pm to 7.00pm.
Friday 21st December 6.00pm to 7.00pm.
Saturday 22nd December 10.30am to 12noon.
Immediately after Mass (9.00am, 11.00am and 7.00pm) on Sunday 23rd December.
Monday 24th December (Christmas Eve) immediately after 9.15am Mass (appox 9.45am)
and 11.00am to 12noon.