Yes, it’s that time already! Saturday marks the start of Advent, the day you should be putting in place your calendars, candles and wreaths.
At York Minster, the task is particularly tricky, because their Advent wreath is thought to be the largest of its kind in the country.
On Friday – the day before she officially takes up the position as Dean of York – The Very Reverend Vivienne Faull officially will join children from the Minster School’s pre-prep department to oversee the raising of a three-metre wide Advent Wreath.
The wreath is assembled each year by York Minster’s team of volunteer flower arrangers, using foliage taken from Dean’s Park. The spectacular evergreen ring wreath takes a full morning to assemble and uses nearly ten metres of oasis to hold the foliage in place. It is then hoisted into position under the central tower and remains in place until twelve days after Christmas, kept fresh and green by liberal amounts of watering over the six- week period.
The Acting Dean, Canon Glyn Webster said, “Given the size of the Minster, it is appropriate that our Advent wreath should be large and visible to all. The wreath has for a number of years become of feature of our observance of Advent, and I am delighted that the new Dean has arrived just in time to observe its creation and fixing in place.”
The raising of the Advent Wreath marks the start of York Minster’s busiest season of concerts, performances and events which run alongside the packed programme of services in the run up to Christmas. Highlights include the Advent Procession on the evening of 2 December, Christmas craft workshops for both families and adults with York Minster experts on the 8, 15 and 22 December, York Minster Carol Concerts on Friday 7 and 14 December – both of which have already sold out – and musical concerts including a special organ recital, La Nativite du Seigneur, on 17 December, Handel’s Messiah on 8 December, Carols by Candlelight – also sold out – and A Ceremony of Carols on 15 December.
For more information about what’s on at York Minster, visit www.yorkminster.org