Vicar's Musings for Ordinary Sunday 32
11 November, 2018
Advent is fast approaching; the start of a new liturgical year and our season of preparations for the Feast of the Nativity. Like Lent, Advent is a good time to intentionally work on our spiritual health and well-being; perhaps fasting or giving something up; or taking something new on, such as an Advent course or a spiritual discipline. We have a full program of Advent courses and special worship services, so I thought that my Musings this week might be a good place to give you an outline for your diaries and your prayers.
Sunday 2nd December — Advent Sunday
Honouring Governor Charles La Trobe — 11am
On the first Sunday of Advent, at the 11am High Mass, members of the La Trobe Society will be joining us to honour the Founder of St Peter's church, who died on 4th December 1875.
"Walking the Labyrinth" an Advent Study Series — 1.15pm
Starting on Advent Sunday, and then running for four weeks, I will be leading a Sunday Advent course on the Labyrinth. Week one will be an introduction to the Labyrinth as an ancient kinaesthetic method of prayer. In subsequent weeks Carol O'Connor and Fr Greg Davies will be assisting me with Advent reflections and meditations.
Wednesday 5th December — "The Art of Advent" at 2.30pm
A four-week study group will start on the first Wednesday of Advent, in the Vicarage, from 2.30-3.30pm. Carol O'Connor and I will be co-leading this course. We will be studying together Jane Williams' book The Art of Advent: a Painting a Day from Advent to Epiphany (SPCK, 2018). Copies of the book are available from the St Peter's Bookroom.
Sunday 16th December — celebrating Fr Colin Holden's life
Fr Colin Holden was an Assistant Priest at St Peter's for many years. He wrote a magisterial history From Tories at Prayer to Socialists at Mass: a History of St Peter's Eastern Hill (Melbourne University Press, 1996) to mark the sesquicentennial of Governor La Trobe laying the foundation stone of our church. After the 11am High Mass on Gaudete Sunday, Fr Colin's ashes will be interred in the crypt beneath the High Altar. All are welcome to attend.
The Rev'd Dr Hugh Kempster
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