Advent prayers rising…

We are back in this evening after another day spent out on Dunoons West Bay, serving mulled wine, mince pies, and having lots of good conversations with folk as the came to collect Christmas trees.

We had also set up some meditation things, did some music (oh my fingers!) and were selling Sky lanterns with the intention of inviting people to write prayers/thoughts on them, and participate in a massed sky lantern launch.

Why did we do it?

  1. To encourage people to be reflective and conscious of the season of Advent- a way for people to become more Spiritually aware, and open again to the Spirit of God
  2. To support work to raise money for CLANN (Community leisure development) and Christian Aid.
  3. To make a lovely spectacle that will linger in people’s minds
  4. To bring people together- and allow community to flourish, in all it’s different forms

And it was great!

We had a mixed blessing with the weather- it was calm, dry, but the Clyde was masked in freezing fog, and echoing with the mournful fog horns as ships passed out to sea.

However, the sight of the lanterns going off up into the mist was wonderful- eery, moving and affecting.

What was even better was the numbers of people who came and took part this evening- from schools, community projects, families, individuals.

Michaela described one family who lit the lantern, then stood together around it as it warmed up, arms around one another in silence. Then they let the lantern rise up into the night sky. Whatever their prayers were, may they be blessed…

Here are the promised photos- Andy took some more, so I will hopefully get to post a few of his soon.

3 thoughts on “Advent prayers rising…

  1. Pingback: Advent sky lantern launch… « this fragile tent

    • Hi Alison

      Sure- the lanterns are pretty easy to get hold of now- and much cheaper than they used to be. If you search on ebay for ‘Chinese sky lanterns’ you will find them in all sorts of shapes and sizes.

      The one thing to look out for is to make sure there is no wire in them- which has been associated with problems for wildlife. The ones we used had a cane and tissue frame with fireproof cotton holding the firelighter in place to give the hot air. Unfortunately the last time we let the lanterns go we still had complaints from a couple of locals, so in the end we have reluctantly decided not to repeat the mass launches from Dunoon- even though the experience is magical for all involved.

      We contacted the coast guard too when we let the lanterns go- to avoid false alarm calls- but this depends on where you let them go.

      Cheers!

      Chris

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