Monday, 1 December 2014

The Season Of Advent Begins...

For the first time in four years I have a real Advent Wreath. This is partly because, after my clear-out over the Summer, I have an oratory. It seems fitting to reflect the liturgical seasons in the decorations as well as in the prayers. It struck me that the use of real evergreen makes a tangible difference (I had artificial wreaths before), and it made me reflect once more on the importance of physical elements of our worship - we are both matter and spirit.

I was a little unsure as to the wisdom of having real greenery, but, as the cats don't spend much time in the oratory in my absence, I thought I'd risk it. On Sunday morning, I discovered that one (or both) of the little darlings had succeeded in pulling out a large bit of fern from the oasis, but it seems not to have tasted very good, and has since been left alone.


Zephyrinus said...

A beautiful Oratory, Mac.
Congratulations. It must be a wonderful
Aid to Prayer.

You've got the same Marian statue as I have. Good choice.

Happy Advent.

gemoftheocean said...

Very nice and homey. So true about the real evergreens. My favorite advent was my senior year at university. I lived on campus that year and I set up an advent wreath in my room. I "liberated" a few low hanging branches from one of the zillions of trees on campus. One of my protestant suite mates who was Baptist, had never seen one. She was delighted with the concept. Lit it every night. The hard part was searching for a pink candle in the stores, IIRC. Already had ribbon and a nice circular metal base for it

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