Advent Sunday 2021

November 28, 2021 | 5:00 pm
St Edmundsbury Cathedral

Advent Sunday, 28 November, will be marked with a special service at 5.00 pm. The Advent Procession is a special service of music and readings.

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 for this year’s Advent Procession with Carols concentrate on the hope that the values of God’s kingdom will come to our darkened world: the light of Advent Hope anticipates the relief of suffering and the end to greed and cruelty for which we all pray.

The first part of this evening’s service takes place in darkness. Members of the congregation are encouraged to read ahead in their orders of service before the lights are extinguished.

The procession moves from west to east: towards the direction of the rising sun which is itself a symbol of the Son of Righteousness, ‘God with us’ – the meaning of the word ‘Emmanuel’.


After the ancient Advent Prose is sung at the West End of the Cathedral the procession moves through the building until it arrives in the Crossing and the lights are gradually raised.


The procession continues on its way until it reaches the High Altar Sanctuary, we hear the great Advent Collect, and the Blessing is pronounced.


We are particularly pleased to welcome people from the parishes of the Diocese to this, the Mother Church.


All are welcome. No pre-booking required.