Welcome to St Giles' Church
We are here to love God and to make Christ known in word and deed. We are an inclusive church and welcome all comers
The Season of Advent (from Advent Sunday 29 November to Christmas Eve)
Advent is a season of expectation and preparation, as the Church prepares to celebrate the coming (adventus) of Christ in his incarnation, and also looks ahead to his final advent as judge at the end of time. The readings and liturgies not only direct us towards Christ’s birth, they also challenge the modern reluctance to confront the theme of divine judgement:
Every eye shall now behold him
robed in dreadful majesty.
The Four Last Things – Death, Judgement, Heaven and Hell – have been traditional themes for Advent meditation. The characteristic note of Advent is therefore expectation, rather than penitence, although the character of the season is easily coloured by an analogy with Lent.
The anticipation of Christmas under commercial pressure has also made it harder to sustain the appropriate sense of alert watchfulness, but the fundamental Advent prayer remains ‘Maranatha’ – ‘Our Lord, come’ (1 Corinthians 16.22). Church decorations are simple and spare, and purple is the traditional liturgical colour.
In the northern hemisphere, the Advent season falls at the darkest time of the year, and the natural symbols of darkness and light are powerfully at work throughout Advent and Christmas.
The Moravian custom of the Christingle has similarly enjoyed great success in Britain since the latter part of the twentieth century, with the encouragement of the Children’s Society; Christingle services may take place before or after Christmas. The Third Sunday of Advent was observed in medieval times as a splash of colour in the restrained atmosphere of Advent (Gaudete or ‘Rose Sunday’), and the last days of Advent were marked by the sequence of Great ‘O’ Antiphons, which continue to inspire modern Advent hymns and meditations.
Text from Common Worship
Where to visit us:-
St Giles' Cripplegate Church
London EC2Y 8DA
Registered Charity Number 1138077
From 3 December with the lifting of the lockdown restrictions public worship in churches will again be permitted.
Sunday 6 December Advent 2
10.00 Parish Eucharist
The church service this Sunday will be broadcast via our YouTube link
Download Music and Readings and Service booklet here
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11.00 Virtual Coffee Morning via Zoom
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08.30 Morning Prayer (Monday to Thursday in the Chancel)
9 and 23 December
Home Prayer Group - Lectio Divina 19.30 via Zoom. To join contact Suzanne Royce email@example.com
The church is open for private prayer
The church iremains open from 11.00-16.00 Monday-Friday for private prayer. Please observe social distancing and any other instructions required when visiting the church.
Private Prayer and Reflection on first Thursday of the month
You are invited to join others in church on Thursday 5 November Please bring the monthly prayer sheet here. If you are not able to join us, we hope you will continue to pray with us wherever you are.
Future Dates 3 December
The monthly sessions on the first Thursday of the month from 13.30-15.00.
Future Dates 3 December
2020 Dates of PCC meetings in church at 19.30
Parish Office Opening Hours
Tel: 020 7638 1997
Watch the Ordination of our Curate Alex Norris and other Ordinands in the Diocese of London at St Giles’ by +Joanne, Bishop of Stepney