As 2015 draws to a close, the Scots College hosts its annual Advent Service. This year, Kevin Rennie, from the Diocese of Galloway, brought the service together around the theme, in this Jubilee Year, of Mercy.
With the final stage of Advent upon us, the college community of the Scots College gathered for the annual Advent Service on Wednesday 16th Decemeber. Like many colleges around Rome, the Scots celebrate this season of preparation ahead of the Lord’s Nativity at Christmas, with readings from Scripture, individual reflections and a selection of carols.
This year, Reverend Jamie McMorrin, from the Archdiocese of St. Andrews & Edinburgh read from Baruch, the Diocese of Galloway’s Kevin Rennie spoke on how Mercy can be present through our acts to others at this time of year and Paul Denney from Motherwell read a passage of Isaiah, whilst an organ recital by Vice Rector, Fr. Gerald Sharkey followed the reading of G.K Chesterton’s poem, ‘The House of Christmas’ by Edward Toner from the Archdiocese of Glasgow.
The community came together in four carols during the service and afterwards gathered for a Christmas meal before gathering by the fire for some traditional Mulled Wine or Eggnog and Nigerian carols from Sisters Stella Maris & Stella.
Classes finish for most students this week, when they will return home to parishes around Scotland. It is always an opportunity to recharge the batteries, catch up with friends and families and return refreshed ahead of the exams which begin at the end of January.