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About faithhopechocolate

I am now a junior sister in a religious order. The aim of this blog is partly to explain what is involved in this, and to journal my experiences as I move from the secular world to the religious life.

Luxury Advent Calendar for the Soul – 24 December

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So I’ve saved for the final window one of my all time favourite pieces of Christmas music and one of my all time favourite YouTube videos. Enjoy and may you have a peaceful and blessed…

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Luxury Advent Calendar for the Soul – 23 December

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Behind today’s window is a short animated poem by my friend Nick. I think it’s fantastic!

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Luxury Advent Calendar for the Soul – 22 December

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Behind today’s window is another poem. This is almost a fixture now at our traditional carol service and is usually read by Ros, one of our Lay Readers. It is so moving. ‘Mary’, by Lisa…

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Luxury Advent Calendar for the Soul – 21 December

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Behind today’s window is a sonnet. I was inspired by this for my sermon I’m preaching this Sunday morning for Advent 4 – which celebrates the Virgin Mary. Annunciation – Malcolm Guite We see so…

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Luxury Advent Calendar for the Soul – 20 December

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Behind today’s window is a recommendation! I recommend that you watch this documentary on the BBC iPlayer. The documentary is about Danny Boyle and Banksy staging a nativity play in Bethlehem near the Wall in…

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Luxury Advent Calendar for the Soul – 19 December

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Behind today’s window is an advent responsory. This is what is prayed each morning as part of the Daily Office in Advent and I rather like it as it sounds a bit like something from…

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Luxury Advent Calendar for the Soul – 18 December

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Behind today’s window is a film. This film was made as part of an online competition called the Nativity Factor to create a short film that communicates the Christmas story in a new way –…

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Luxury Advent Calendar for the Soul – 17 December

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Behind today’s window is an extract from The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe. This Sunday is Gaudete Sunday, yes, the one with the pink (sorry, rose) candle! The point of the rose candle is to…

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Luxury Advent Calendar for the Soul – 16 December

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Behind today’s window is a video. This is 7 years old now but it still cheers me up everytime I watch it. It seems to sum up how the Christmas celebrations of the church rub…

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Luxury Advent Calendar for the Soul – 15 December

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Behind today’s window is a song and appeal. I found this on this post: http://www.folkradio.co.uk/2017/12/ralph-mctell-streets-of-london-to-help-the-homeless-annie-lennox/ ? Legendary singer-songwriter, Ralph McTell, has re-recorded his timeless song, ‘Streets of London’, with a choir made up of clients from Crisis – the…

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