The 2nd Sunday of Advent offers us two readings from Isaiah. In the morning we read from Deutero (Second) Isaiah – a wonderful passage of comfort to those who have languished in exile in Babylon. The voice of the one in the wilderness is picked up in the Gospels and linked to John the Baptist. The evening reading, from Isaiah 6, begins with the spectacular vision of heaven. Overwhelmed by it all, Isaiah offers to be God’s spokesman. He may well have wished he had asked for more details of the task first for it will be no easy one.

The Cathedral is in the midst of the school carol service season, with literally thousands of young people singing God’s praises, hearing the Christmas message of God’s gift to the world, and then going off on their summer holidays. Thank you to Welcomers, Stewards and staff who shoulder a heavy burden at this time.

Today we light the 2nd Advent Candle and pray for peace in a world as desperate for peace as at any time in history.

Welcome to all who worship in the sacred space of St Peter’s Cathedral today.

The Very Rev’d Frank Nelson

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