Welcome to St John Ogilvie's.
This Sunday we celebrate
the First Sunday of Advent
A wee reminder: Masses next weekend are on Saturday at 6.30pm and Sunday at 10.00am. Booking is still necessary and bookings should be made by Thursday 25th November 2021. Booking requests should be sent to .
Weekday Mass, Monday to Friday, is at 9.00am. Booking is not necessary for weekday Mass.
A number of parishioners have asked about making their contribution to the parish via bank transfer. Here then are the bank details:
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Name: ST JOHN OGILVIES (use block capitals)
Bank: Bank of Scotland, Corstorphine.
Mark your offertory, pledge, donation or whatever.
St Andrew, Patron Saint of Scotland
On Tuesday 30th November we celebrate the Feast of St Andrew, Patron Saint of Scotland. Mass at 9.00am.
The National Shrine of Saint Andrew is in St Mary's Cathedral, York Place, Edinburgh, and is well worth a visit. You can read about
the life and death of St Andrew on the Cathedral website by clicking here.
Mass Readings for 1st Sunday of Advent
(28 November 2021)
Jeremiah 33:14-16 - I will make a virtuous Branch grow for David.
1 Thessalonians 3:12-4:2 - May you be blameless when our Lord Jesus Christ comes again.
Luke 21:25-28,34-36 - That day will be sprung on you suddenly, like a trap.
We cannot publish the readings here for copyright reasons but they can be found in full
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A reflection from Father Tony for
the 1st Sunday of Advent
The word Advent means “coming”.
In these 4 weeks of Advent we are not involved in a charade as though the Saviour has not yet come. No, history is intact.
So we keep Advent not by way of acting but to help us discover “How did I arrive at this place in life?”.
The Universe was already in existence for 13 billion years before the coming of Christ. Historically, these were turbulent times. Social divisions were everywhere. The poor were exploited by the occupying forces and let down by their so-called leaders (religious and civil). Annihilation seemed imminent Peoples’ spirits and hopes had been coarsened by the brutality of life about them. Racism was rampant with its consequent disrespect for the preciousness of life of each individual person as a unique child of God. It was in such an atmosphere that Jesus came preaching by word and example, a gospel of hope, justice, generosity, care and love. It was a daunting message then, as it is now.
There is more than one Advent. This is our Advent. In our life it is good from time to time to recall our own childhood experiences especially happy memories. So with our Faith it is good to revisit the crib, the infancy of Jesus.
Christ came. Christ will come again to complete the work of salvation he began. The first Advent Preface which we read at Mass today highlights two aspects of the season: watching and hoping. The kingdom of God is already present and the kingdom is yet to come. In the Gospel Jesus invites us to stay awake and to watch (see first Sunday of Advent gospel). We are to remain alert so that we do not miss whatever God wants to say to us. God speaks to us in countless ways. But we are not to be anxious about it. We are not watching in fear. In fact, Advent is simply bubbling with hope. We know our Saviour is near. So we look forward to his final coming in glory not with fear in our hearts but alive with hope.
That is why Advent is important. Put simply, it is futile that Jesus was born so long ago in Bethlehem unless he is born again today in my heart. To be a Christian is about a living relationship with Christ and each other. So Advent is not only a time for looking back to the first Christmas or looking forward to the end of time and completion of salvation history but it is a time of searching for the footprints of Jesus in human lives and in world history.
We need to have eyes and ears open for signs. John’s gospel tells us that “He came to his own, and his own people did not accept him” (John 1:11). It happened then and it happens now – he is all around us to be welcomed, to be fed to be clothed, cared for and protected. We can be appalled by the sufferings of Christ all those years ago in a foreign country and remain unmoved by the manifold suffering of our own twenty-first century neighbours. Poverty in our cities; discrimination against the weak and minorities. We need to ask ourselves where Christ is born today. Who are the unwanted, uncared for, unloved, discriminated against in today’s society?
Christ comes to us now. In life we look back to the past; we prepare for the future and we live the present moment. Advent reminds us too that Christ is with us now as he said he would be: “I am with you always.” He comes to us through people and events in our lives. He speaks to us when we listen to his Word, and he is present in the sacraments.
Crossing the English Channel last Wednesday 17 men, 7 women and 3 children seeking liberation became victims of the sea and of society as there was no room at the Inn.
Advent means waiting
It can take time, indeed years very often, before we get the message.
Carlo Carretto, the renowned spiritual writer, spent many years living alone as a hermit in the Sahara Desert. He wrote a number of books from that place of solitude, including one entitled, “Letters from the Desert”. In that book, he has a message for those of us who live busy lives in the world. “What is God trying to say to us in our busy lives?” He suggests this: “Be patient! Learn to wait – for each other, for love, for happiness, for God!”
Learn to wait! That’s not something we do easily and many of our problems flow from that. We often don’t wait properly for things.
Annie Dillard shares this story about proper waiting. She had been watching a butterfly emerge from its cocoon and was fascinated by the process until she grew impatient with how long it was taking and, to speed things up, she took a candle and heated the cocoon, albeit very gently.
The experiment worked, but it was a mistake in the long run. The butterfly emerged more quickly; however, because adding heat violated something within the natural process, the butterfly was born with wings too weak to fly. Haste and prematurity had stunted and deformed a natural process. Some things can’t be rushed.
Dillard understood immediately what had gone wrong. The Christmas gift had been opened too early. There hadn’t been enough advent!
The prayer after the Our Father in Mass - “As we wait in Blessed Hope for the coming of our Saviour, Jesus Christ”.
Advent Evening Retreats:
"Advent, the Synod and the Whole Church"
You are invited to participate in a weekly evening retreat each Tuesday in Advent from 7-8pm. This event is hosted by Fr Ray Warren OMI, director of DeMazenod House, Oblate Retreat and Spirituality Centre in Tower Hill, in the heart of London. Each week will feature a different speaker and we will have time for sharing, discussion, commentary, questions and prayer. We hope you can join us in these weeks of preparation and waiting for the season of Christmas on the theme of the Advent and the Synod of the Whole Church: Communion - Participation - Mission. The meetings will take place using Zoom.
- Tuesday 30th November - A time to Listen
- Tuesday 7th December - A time to Dream
- Tuesday 14th December - A time to Journey
- Tuesday 21st December - A time to Witness
Registration for the event is by email. Please click the button below.
From Eco-Congregation Scotland
On this first day of Advent 2021, two weeks after the COP26 climate conference concluded in Glasgow,
Eco-Congregation Scotland opens our alternative, ecumenical, international and environmental Advent Calendar.
We all need help to look at where we are in this time of climate crisis. What do we do after COP26 and who should we be?
Advent answers that.
The huge emotional impact of COP on campaigners, especially those within churches, requires a lot of pondering.
Our contributors will use Advent readings to take us, with the Wise Magi, “Home by another way”.
Today we open with "The Branch of Justice: Jeremiah 33:14" from Rev James Bhagwan of Fiji, the Pacific Conference of
Churches general secretary, representing the World Council of Churches and addressing the climate conference on behalf
of faith-based organisations.
This can be viewed on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. We are also adding to our new Vimeo webpage where videos can be
downloaded directly for your own use any time. A video will be published each day of Advent: averaging about one and
a half minutes in length. All posts will appear daily and remain as a collection on our website.
Our diverse daily contributors include representatives from All We Can Methodist relief and development, Tearfund,
the Scottish Episcopal Church, Trinity College Glasgow, the Church of Scotland's Faith Impact Forum, the Iona
Community and local eco-congregations.
We look forward to you joining us "Home by another way" on our Advent journey.
To see more from Eco-Congregation Scotland and to acces the videos, please
This will take you to the Eco-Congregation Scotland Newsletter
A Message from the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC)
“A public consultation has been launched on a bill proposed by Liam McArthur MSP to legalise assisted suicide in Scotland.
It is important that as many people as possible respond to this consultation. We must send a strong message to Mr. McArthur, MSPs and the
Scottish Government that assisted suicide is a dangerous and unethical practice that must never be legalised in Scotland or any other part of the UK.
The consultation is running until Wednesday 22 December 2021. Please complete the questionnaire which you will find
here as soon as you can and encourage others to do
the same. You can find resources on the SPUC website to help you do this -
From Fresh Start
With the festive season now upon us, we launch this year's Cookers for Christmas appeal.
As we move out of the pandemic and into happier times, many people are still experiencing the challenges that come with the journey out
of homelessness and into their new tenancy.
At Fresh Start, we want to ease these burdens and ensure everyone can have a joyful festive season this year. By providing essential
white goods, we hope that we can help turn a house into a home and give people the means to be able to host their very first Christmas
dinner in their new home.
To donate to our Cookers for Christmas campaign please click here.
From Bethany Christian Trust
Looking for a present with purpose? Consider Buying a Bed this Christmas.
For the fourth year, we are launching our Buy a Bed campaign where you have the opportunity to help provide one person,
who would otherwise be sleeping rough this Christmas or winter, with access to the support of the Welcome Centre.
For every £21 you donate through this campaign, the Welcome Centre will provide a person with a warm bed, hot food and
individualised support to move on into more permanent accommodation.
In return, you will receive your choice of a physical or e-card that you can gift to your friends or family members as
an ethical Christmas present or as a keepsake for yourself.
This year we’ve created a new gift card for you to personalise with your own message, and we also have colouring-in activity
to include if this gift is for a child.
Your gift could mean the difference between someone having to sleep rough and sleeping overnight
in a warm and safe space.
Thank you sincerely for your generous support.
The Bethany Team
Edinburgh Churches Together
This issue of ECT's Newsletter includes:
- Edinburgh’s Christmas
- ECT’s service for Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
- The Saint Andrew Declaration
- Looking forward to Edinburgh’s Easter Play
- And much more……