The keeping of Advent echoes down the centuries, as the ancient manuscripts remind us. It is a time to draw inwards, to set our hearts in love on a journey towards Bethlehem, the ‘House of Bread’, where One awaits us who will be the Saviour of the world.

In these challenging times, the Lord still comes, and perhaps He is even closer to us. As He draws near to us, may we draw near to Him, waiting in love, trust and hope. May God bless you this day, and throughout Advent.