Fourth Sunday of Advent – UPDATED

Please note that the Welsh Government has declared an Alert Level Four for the whole of Wales. This means there is a very high risk of infection by the new variant of Covid-19.

 

While churches may remain open under the new rules until further notice Mass will be live streamed only from St. Teilo’s. Attendance at the Mass of Christmas Midnight and the 10.00am on Christmas Morning Mass will be open to those who have already booked to attend. PLEASE NOTE THESE MASSES ARE FULL. DO NOT ATTEND UNLESS YOU HAVE A CONFIRMED BOOKING.

 

If you have booked a place for Mass but are unable to attend you do not need to tell us, but if you do want to contact us email whitchurch@rcadc.org

 

This Sunday, the Fourth Sunday of Advent, we hear the story of the angel Gabriel’s announcement to Mary about the birth of Jesus. This Sunday, the liturgy shifts our attention from John the Baptist to Mary, the mother of Jesus. Both John and Mary serve as important figures for our reflection during the season of Advent; they both played instrumental roles in preparing the way for Jesus. Last week we reflected on John the Baptist’s announcement that the Saviour was among us, although not yet recognised. This week we reflect upon Mary’s example of faith and obedience to God, traits which permitted her to receive the angel’s message that God’s Son would be born as a human person, as one of us.

 

The story of the Annunciation calls to our attention God’s wondrous action in human history. God chose a human person to give birth to His Son so that all humanity would know God’s salvation. Mary, already full of God’s grace, was able to cooperate in this great plan for our salvation. Thus, Jesus was born as one of us, fully human and also fully divine. This is the mystery we prepare to celebrate at Christmas, the mystery of the Incarnation. In the model of Mary, we pray that we will be people of faith who recognise God’s saving plan for us and are able to respond with obedience.

 

Mass today will be at 10.00am and you are welcome to join us online.

 

This week’s updated newsletter can be found here.

 

Please note any updates will appear in the Latest News section of the Parish website (on the front page below the live stream) and on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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