Saint Paul's Anglican Church, Monte-Carlo a community of Light on the Côte d'Azur
St Paul's Church Community Newsletter 1 December 2018

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The Season of Advent
 
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
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As the Christian year came to a close ending with the great Feast of Christ the King held on Sunday 25 November we end one season and begin another.
 
Advent Sunday 2nd December is the season of spiritual preparation for Christmas and ends on Christmas Eve. Since ancient times, in the Roman empire, the accession of a new emperor into a city or province was his adventus: arrival. Latin speaking Christians, for whom Jesus Christ was the only true Lord borrowed the word and concept and invested it with new meaning: 'the coming of the Saviour.'
 
In keeping with the solemnity of the Advent season, seen as a time when the people walked in darkness (Isaiah.9 v2) the Church is presented in purple. There are no flowers and the organ plays only for singing. The Gloria 'Glory to God in the Highest', the angelic hymn which greeted the birth of Jesus, is omitted and on each of the four Sundays we light a candle on the Advent wreath to symbolise the approach of the Light, Jesus Christ Himself 'which shines in the darkness' (Jn 1v15).
 
This year as in past years our Advent celebrations start with a performance of Handel's 'Messiah' on 1st December performed by Ristretto and starting at 20.00. It is a phenomenal way to start Advent as the universally familiar words 'the people who have walked in darkness have seen a great light...For unto us a child is given...and His name shall be called "Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace" (Isa. 9 v2-6) are sung.
 
There are of course two Advents. The first happened when Jesus was born in Bethlehem which we celebrate each year. The second refers to the end of all time when all will be summoned before the judgement seat. Advent therefore holds a dual significance, both a look back and a look forward. Advent is a time for peace, good works, welcoming the stranger, feeding the hungry and visiting the sick. It is a time of preparation, reflection and self-examination.
 
Of course, there are many traditions surrounding Advent which have become part of our preparation for Christmas. Advent calendars teach young and old about patience, preparation and expectation. Our 'Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols' is on December 16th at 19.00 first performed at King's College Cambridge in 1918 will be a poignant reminder in this centenary year of the sacrifice of so many, especially when we listen to the words 'all those who rejoice with us but on another shore and in a greater light'. I hope that as many of you who can will join us on this particular evening.
 
The service of Christingle on Christmas Eve 24th December at 16.00 is another special celebration this year. It is 50 years since the first service in England at Lincoln Cathedral on 7th December 1968. But Christingles themselves actually go back much further, and began in the Moravian Church in Germany. At a children's service in Marien-born in 1747, Bishop Johannes de Watteville looked for a simple way to explain the happiness that had come to people through Jesus. He decided to give the children a symbol to do this. In 1968, John Pensom of The Children's Society adapted Christingle and introduced it to the Church of England. It involved children decorating an orange with a red ribbon, dried fruits, sweets and a candle to create a new visual representation of Christ, the light of the world, celebrated by the lighting of the Christingle candles. 
 
Then we come to Christmas itself, midnight Mass on the 24th commencing at 23.00 followed by the Mass of the Day on the 25th at 10.30. At both of these services we welcome the 'Prince of Peace' into our lives, the Saviour of the World.
 
So, as we approach the season of Advent, and as we start our new Christian Year may I wish you all Blessings of this Holy season and invite you all who read this to join with us in whatever way you can as we journey together towards the Light.
 
Father Lawrence
                                                                                                                              


                              Lift Update


After numerous delays of a technical and bureaucratic nature beyond our control we are delighted to announce, after enormous effort by the St Paul's team, that we have finally managed to obtain a date for the official sign-off by the Monaco Authorities of the St Paul's lift.  
 
This meeting is scheduled to take place on 5th December.  Assuming that all goes well we will be able to use the lift with effect from this date.  We thank everyone for their patience on this long, often painful, journey and hope that the lift will be much used in the Christmas season and will enable those with reduced mobility to be able to enjoy the St Paul's library in Advent and beyond.


21st Monopoly Competition Winners 2018
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Father Lawrence And Gillian Johnson-Flint.
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A big thank to Dani Carew who sends you this message,

It was a great pleasure for me to organise the monopoly competition for the past 21 years.

I started to Organise the monopoly competition in 1997, at the time it was to benefit the church roof appeal as the church roof was being repaired and the priest at that time was Father Barry Thomas. It has since benefited many other charities and recently benefited the Bishop's Advent appeal. I hope someone else will pick up the baton and carry on the monopoly competition

 

 

   St Paul's Sunday Volunteer Rota .   .
for December has been updated and the new version
is now available online please click on link below
to preview, download, print


December Rota new Version
   
.We are now planning ahead for January 2019
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Please include in your reply the dates that you are  available to serve along
with a brief indication of the
roles you are willing to fulfil.
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If you would like to join us as a Sunday Volunteer please contact us
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Thank you for your help in planning the next Rota for Sunday Duties at St Paul's 
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please reply to this message at
rota@stpaulsmonaco.com
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Audio Recordings
Catch up on Services or Sermons you have missed
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                                                                  New:-
If you are unable to attend any of the services during Advent or Christmas
Audio recordings will be made available on the church website
 with a copy of service sheets.
 Music recordings are also still available on our church Website at
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 Services
Sunday Mornings
Family Eucharist at 10:30 am
with Sunday Club for Children

Wednesday Evenings at 6:30pm
Each Month
The first Wednesday will be a Healing Mass. 
Wednesday's in between a said Mass of the day.
The last Wednesday being a Requiem Mass.
 

Saint Paul's Anglican Church 
22 Avenue de Grande Bretagne
98000 Monaco.
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Chaplaincy +377 93 30 71 06
      Mobile  06 43 91 69 58 
Email:    chaplain@stpaulsmonaco.com
  Website :  www.stpaulsmonaco.com