Keeping Vigil  –  An Advent Reflection


The glory of the Lord will shine on you
Like the sun he will rise over you
God’s glory will appear in your midst
The prophet Isaiah

To keep vigil means to wait and watch.  When we keep vigil we gather our scattered energies and we become present in watchful attention.  Silence and prayer are the marks of a vigil, as are candles.  The light symbolizes hope and promise.  In our Church year we have just entered this time of waiting and watching.  This week is the first week of the season of Advent – the four weeks leading to Christmas.  There is something absolutely beautiful and utterly profound about Advent: words and images of light, hope, promise, waiting and  longing, such as those of Isaiah, above.  There is gentleness, beauty and tenderness in the images and music of Advent.  It really is a holy season when everything, the liturgy, Scripture, all speak of a Reality both beyond and within what is known, a Reality that will break upon us like the coming of dawn, as Zechariah says in his beautiful prayer in Luke’s Gospel.  Everything points towards the coming of the One whose story we know will touch us.  But we are not there yet.  We prepare our hearts and minds.  There is the anticipation of the Feast to come.  The readings we hear during these weeks are all dripping with these rich images.  The beautiful words of promise from the Hebrew prophet Isaiah, speak of the abundance of life, peace, richness and joy…


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Ms Kerry McCullough

Dean of Mission