Dedication of new Advent candle
On Sunday 30 November, at the main Eucharist service, the Dean of Bristol will dedicate our new advent candle. There is a long standing Christian tradition that a candle is lit on each Sunday during Advent as part of the run up to Christmas. Each candle symbolises a particular individual or group; the Patriarchs, the Prophets, John the Baptist and the Blessed Virgin Mary (Rose Sunday). Until now Bristol has had a large, wooden, advent wheel, but it was not visible to the congregation as it was suspended from the roof in the south transept. We had long wanted to commission a new piece of art to replace the wheel which would be more accessible, and were finally able to do so when we recevied a legacy from Jessie Moate - a former member of the congregation and local resident.
Jessie's family have lived in Bristol for a long time, with four generations under one roof. She was one of the first women to train as an architect during the war, and in 1946 she became a member of the Town Planning Institute. She worked on the reconstruction of Coventry Cathedral after the war with her husband, Frank, and Sir Donald Gibson. She was also involved in the post war re-building of Bristol. We are very grateful for her legacy and we felt she would enjoy this beautiful new piece of art for the Cathedral.
We commissioned the new candle from Master blacksmith and craftsman, Paul Shepphard. For more information about Paul and his work click here. Some photos from the production process are shown below.
Posted on 26th November 2014