‘Creator of the stars of night, Thy people’s everlasting light; Jesu, Redeemer, save us all, and hear Thy servants when they call’.

These are the opening lines of the hymn that is sung at Vespers each day during this holy season. Advent, in the deep darkness of the northern hemisphere, is a time of stars and of light, a time of preparing to welcome the Saviour of the world.

May we take time this Advent, to ‘listen’ amid the many conflicting voices of our age, to the Word of God, the Christ. May He Himself guide us and lead us in His path of love.

May God bless us all and keep us in His peace.