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Advent

Advent means ‘coming’ and is the special four-week period leading up to Christmas. It is a time to prepare for the celebration of Jesus’s birth but also for his coming in glory at the end of time.

Bishop

‘Bishop’ comes from the Greek word for ‘overseer’. So a bishop is a senior Christian minister authorised to have oversight for God’s people. As well as duties given to deacons and priests, bishops confirm and ordain.

Diocese

‘Diocese’ refers to the geographical territory in which a bishop exercises oversight. The Church in Wales is divided into six dioceses each with its own cathedral in which is housed the cathedra (the bishop’s ‘chair’ or ‘throne’).

Eucharist

‘Eucharist’ comes from the Greek word for ‘thanksgiving’. At the Eucharist the Church remembers Jesus’ last supper where he gave bread and wine to be his body and blood, a sign of his saving love. See also Holy Communion.

Holy Communion

At Holy Communion blessed bread and wine is shared, by which we receive the body and blood of Jesus Christ. The congregation gives thanks for Jesus’ life, his death and resurrection and his continuing presence. See also Eucharist.

Liturgy

Liturgy is a set form of words and action used for worship. In the Church in Wales (and many other churches) these forms follow the same pattern from one congregation to another. Most Anglican liturgies look back in some way to the Book of Common Prayer.

Prayer

Prayer sustains our human relationship with God and may involve words (formal or informal) or be silent. Prayer can involve adoration (‘I love you’), confession (‘sorry’), thanksgiving and supplication (‘please’).

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Pandemic Prayers

We are continuing to publish services of Morning Prayer for use each Sunday during the latest lockdown and beyond in both English and Welsh. These have all the readings and a homily incorporated into them, so they can just be printed out or read from a screen. The forms of blessing etc. are suitable for a lay person to use. At the end are suggestions for hymns. All the instructions about standing sitting etc. are optional. The traditional form of the Lord’s Prayer is included but feel free to use the version you are most familiar with.

We are also publishing the homily and readings in a separate document for those who wish to incorporate them into their own services.

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Morning Prayer for Advent Sunday (November 29th) - coming soon

Readings and Homily (November 29th) - coming soon

Daily Prayers for Advent Sunday

Daily prayer with Bishop Joanna