Collect for this coming Sunday, the 1st Sunday of Advent

St Nicholas, Boldmere

In the season of Advent the Church calls us to be attentive to time – time past and time future, better to live in time present.

At the beginning of Advent we look forward to the 2nd Coming of Christ – a day of Judgement, to be sure, but when judgment will be given by a merciful judge who in these in-between times does everything to help us to live well, and prepare for what is to come. The hope is for salvation

Then, from the mid point of Advent, we especially look back to the events of the conception and birth of Jesus – Jesus who came to save us.

Typically Catholics considering eschatology – considering the last things, and especially our salvation – hold onto the idea that, yes, already salvation has been won for us, by Christ, but also that we are not yet living the fulness…

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