2017 Theme

Theme for 2017: Jubilation!

by Revd Chris Moody, Vicar of St. Alfege Church, Greenwich

This year we complete ten years of Advent Windows in Greenwich. So, in the words of Sir Cliff, ‘congratulations and jubilations’ to all who have contributed over the years and to those participating for the first time. May there be many more jubilees to come.

Jubilee is an interesting word. Nobody really knows where it came from though it looks as it is even older than its use in the Bible and its root meaning is to shout for joy. Silence is often connected with oppression or control. In contrast, to shout for joy is to express freedom and happiness, and marks release from the daily grind of ordinary time into a special time of celebration, which may only come every so often. You can’t make yourself jubilant either. You have to wait expectantly so that jubilation can take over when the thing waited for actually happens- you pass a test, your team wins, or your beloved granny reaches her ninetieth birthday. Jubilees come in all shapes and sizes – every ten years – or seven times seven with a big one every fiftieth if you take the biblical pattern. This coming year we will be in jubilee at St Alfege Church, remembering the three hundred years since Hawksmoor’s building was completed to replace the old one.

When you are taken up in jubilation, it’s the most natural thing in the world to share it with others. Christmas itself is a yearly reminder to live more generously and with less anxiety and resentment, giving space for joy to step into our lives as a guest bidden and expected.

Joy to the world! The Lord is come;

            Let earth receive her King;

            Let every heart prepare him room,

            And heaven and nature sing.

Happy Christmas

Rev Chris Moody



{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

kate odonnell December 28, 2011 at 8:01 pm

Can you tell me how long the windows will be available to view?



stalf_gw November 29, 2012 at 11:00 am

Thank you for your comment. The windows will be available to view until 3 January 2013. The map is now in place and next weeks details, regards


stalf_gw December 4, 2012 at 9:05 am

Once all the windows have been unveiled they will be on display until 3 January. Regards


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