From the Rector: Advent - Art, Drama, and Contrast 

Even the church sometimes treats Advent, the season we are now in, as only a pale prelude until Christmas.  This is far from what it is all about.  The underlying theme is darkness into light, which is so DRAMATIC!

Nowhere is this idea more apparent than here, in an area famed for its light. The Kirkcudbright artists colony which flourished in its heyday from 1850 to 1950, with such luminous names as E. A. Hornell and Jessie M. King, and before them the famous Faed family of Gatehouse, were all inspired by the famous light and skies of this area where we are privileged to live.

One early morning last Advent I observed a blood-red or pale orange sun, a tinge of pink, a bright royal blue, a silver grey, an ominous inky black spot - and yes the prospect ofpuffywhite clouds telling us that snow may not be too far away!

Advent like life itself is a season of contrasts. Beginning with a reminder of the return of Jesus Christ to earth some day, in love and judgment, we move through our Jewish heritage in the prophetic Old Testament, heralding the strange but enigmatic greatest prophet of them all, John the Baptist, and finally the announcement of the birth of the Saviour of the world. A life of faith also means we have contrasts; sadness and joy, despair and hope, darkness and light. For many people Christmas can be empty; just a welcome end of the commercial hype. This year especially with the ever-present restrictions on life itself, and perhaps a more modest Christmas due to some shortages, Advent can mean a time to quietly prepare and to anticipate in holy expectancy the true meaning of Christmas as Joy to the World.

Prayer for Advent: Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness and to put on the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal life, in which Your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that on the last day, when H shall come again in His glorious majesty to judge the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through Him Who is alive and reigns with You, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen

Stephen Hazlett, Rector