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Advent means ‘coming’ and is the special four-week period leading up to Christmas. It is a time to prepare for the celebration of Jesus’s birth but also for his coming in glory at the end of time.


‘Bishop’ comes from the Greek word for ‘overseer’. So a bishop is a senior Christian minister authorised to have oversight for God’s people. As well as duties given to deacons and priests, bishops confirm and ordain.


Prayer sustains our human relationship with God and may involve words (formal or informal) or be silent. Prayer can involve adoration (‘I love you’), confession (‘sorry’), thanksgiving and supplication (‘please’).

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Cathedrals light up for Advent Sunday

All Church in Wales' cathedrals and greater churches will be transformed into beacons of light on Advent Sunday.

Our largest buildings will be floodlit or lit up from inside on November 29 as a symbol of Christ’s light and love in our communities.

Traditionally, churches mark Advent Sunday with services which begin in candlelit darkness and end with the church fully lit, to represent the coming of God’s light into the darkness of the world.

With services limited this year, all churches are invited to join in the light-up after dark and shine out on Advent Sunday.

It is hoped they will post photos of their light-up on social media with the hashtag #DarknessIntoLight

The Bishop of Bangor, Andy John, says, “Lighting up our buildings is a powerful symbol of the Church’s presence in the community. It puts a spotlight in our faith and reminds us all that God’s love can overcome the darkness in our lives. I encourage all our churches to join in our cathedrals and be a beacon in their towns and villages.”

Our six cathedrals and greater churches are listed below, with links to their websites where you can find details of their Christmas services and how to attend.


St Davids Cathedral

Llandaff Cathedral

Bangor Cathedral

St Asaph Cathedral

Newport Cathedral

Brecon Cathedral

Greater churches

St Giles Church, Wrexham

St Mary’s Church, Swansea

St John the Baptist City Parish Church, Cardiff.

St Mary's Priory Church, Abergavenny

St Davids Cathedral

Volunteer, Serve, Participate

All of us can be torch-bearers. We can carry the light through volunteering, serving and participating. To find out what you can do for your local community, complete the volunteer form with your details and we will put you in touch with someone who can guide you.

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