A day of quiet and reflection in preparation for Advent and Christmas
We plan and prepare for the Holy Season of Advent in many ways. Some think about recipes and the preparation of food, others shopping for just the right presents, others decorating for Christmas, and unpacking the family Crèche. At Christ Church we shall renew our wonder in the birth of Jesus and the story of Christmas with an Advent Quiet Day Retreat led by our Interim Rector, John H. Branson.
Saturday, November 4
8:30 am Check-in with coffee and breakfast
9:00 am – 1:00 pm Retreat, Lunch served
This day of reflection and quiet will be a special way before the ‘rush’ to embrace and be filled with the familiar Christmas story as told by W. H. Auden. Written in the turmoil of the Second World War, For the Time Being; A Christmas Oratorio, is Auden’s retelling of the story of the Nativity with fascinating insights regarding angels, Mary and Joseph, as well as the shepherds and Wise Men, and even Herod and the religious leaders of the day. Conceived as an extended poem to be set to music by Benjamin Britten, the piece draws readers into a deeply meaningful ‘reliving’ of the birth of Christ for our own day.
We invite all keen on deepening the Christmas story to attend this morning of meditations and quiet. Following the last meditation, we shall reflect out loud together over lunch about the meanings of this extraordinary story of wonder and love. For those who want to read the prose-poem before the Retreat, copies of Auden’s Oratorio are available in the Christ Church Bookstore.