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Archbishop Writes Online Advent Calendar


12:01am 1st December 2011

The Archbishop will be writing a series of daily reflections on his website from 1st December up until Christmas Day.

The announcement follows the success of his 2010 online Advent Calendar which enabled people to follow the Archbishop's personal journey towards Christmas.

Launching the 2011 Advent Calendar on his website the Archbishop said:

"You may remember that last Christmas I wrote a series of reflections on my website as part of an online Advent Calendar – I was delighted to hear from people across the world who got in touch saying what a fantastic thing it was to be able take a little time out each day to reflect about what Christmas is all about.

"Christmas is, for me, the greatest story ever told. God’s wonderful gift of love is for each and every one of us.

"These reflections will begin on my website on Thursday 1st December and appear daily as we count down to the big day itself. Christmas is a wonderful time of the year, and I hope that people will join me so we can share the expectation and excitement of Advent together.”

The online Advent Calendar for 2011
will be available at http://www.archbishopofyork.org/pages/advent-calendar-2011.html

The Archbishop’s reflection for 1st December
Looking forward to Christmas

This year Advent actually began on 27th November – last Sunday. Although 1st December, when the calendars
start, is when for most people the countdown to Christmas begins.

But Advent isn’t just about preparing for Christmas.It has a meaning and a purpose all of its own.

Advent is a time to make space for God in our lives, to make space for Jesus Christ, who is not just the baby in the manger, but also the Son of God, who is both saviour and judge of all.  God comes into our world in Jesus, and shares our human nature. God doesn’t sit idly by and watch us suffer, as some imagine. No, he gets involved, sharing the joys and sorrows of a human life, and showing what God is like. Jesus is God made visible, God with us.

Join me through Advent in taking time to think about space for God, space for Jesus Christ. This Advent, I am supporting an appeal to build a new Community Centre for the deaf in Cairo.  You can help by donating here - http://www.archbishopofyork.org/articles.php/2260/archbishops-advent-appeal.

If you are building a house, it is sensible to build it on solid foundations. Jesus told a story about that once. Isaiah’s prophecy, which I turn to a lot during Advent, tells of a sure foundation on which to build our lives:

“See, I am laying in Zion a foundation stone, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation. One who
trusts will not panic….” (Isaiah 28.16).

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