Advent explained

WRITER Suzanne Hanley has asked �What is Advent?�.

Did St John�s Fremantle mean Advent Carols or Christmas Carols when St Patrick�s Basilica choir joined with our own in singing carols last Sunday?

No, it was not a mistake; we did mean to say Advent.

Advent (= coming) is a four-week season of preparation leading up to Christmas.

Each year Christians get ready to celebrate the myriad comings of God in human history, the coming of God in Christ�s birth in Bethlehem, and the �second� or �final� coming when Christ will be all in all � in other words, when God�s justice and peace and love will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

We wish Suzanne and all readers a hope-filled Advent, a happy and joyful Christmas and many blessings in the New Year.

FATHER DAVID WOOD,

Rector, Parish of Fremantle.