A candle

As we begin Advent today, Bishop Tim Thornton, Bishop of Truro and Chairman of our Board of Trustees, introduces Advent and explains why it matters.

Our message about the first week of Advent is below Bishop Tim's video.


A prayer for week one of Advent 

We begin Advent this year by focussing on Isaiah 2.1-5 with the theme of 'light'.

Throughout Advent, you will need either one large candle to light each Sunday of Advent or four smaller ones, lighting one each Sunday. As you light the candle you might use this prayer.

Please take a moment to pray for your own Advent journey, that it will be a time for reflection, for increased understanding and a growth in your relationship with God, who loves us. 

To all whose world seems overwhelmed by darkness,
Bring your light and hope.
As we approach the great season of Advent we pray. 

Gracious God,
Meet us as we gather
at the dawning of your light.
As we hear again the story of
your love born among us,
strengthen us to face the
darkness of the world.
May we know our gifts and find our voice
and be emboldened to proclaim the joy of your kingdom,
fragile and dependent as a baby,
bright as your love shining light through
the darkness that will never overcome it.
We make this prayer in the name of Jesus, your Son.


More about Advent

Visit our Advent calendar blog

Read more about this year’s Advent calendar blog

By Rt Revd Tim Thornton - Bishop of Truro, Chair of our Trustees Board
- Leadership team


Today I will try to surprise God; be his child of hope.

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