Journeying into the Light

December 18, 2023 in Featured News, News

Journeying to the Light by John Mann is a series of daily reflections from Advent, through Christmas and onto the Epiphany. It is published by Messenger Publications who say the book is a welcome companion for those who might like to travel thoughtfully and prayerfully through this special time in the church’s year. It will be of help to anyone who wants to establish a regular period of contemplation and space through Advent and Christmas, traditionally a time of distraction and busyness.

The author is an Anglican priest and former Dean of Belfast Cathedral who was awarded the Lambeth Cross for Ecumenism in 2018. He is now retired and lives with his wife on the Isle of Man.

The book is based on the daily reading from Advent Sunday onwards. The author weaves together insights into scripture along with his observations on our everyday world. It has at its heart the startling truth of the Incarnation – that God has come erupted from all eternity into time and history and dwells with us. By making links between the light of hope that is the incarnation, and our everyday experiences, John Mann demonstrates how God is close and involved in all aspects of our lives.

The book is ecumenical in its reach, as many of the readings coincide with those appointed for both the daily Mass in Roman Catholic Churches and in Anglican Churches. Dr Brendan Leahy, Catholic Bishop of Limerick says in his foreword to the book, “There are many gems in this text. John offers wonderful commentaries on the Advent antiphons and helps us see how everyday life can become a launching pad for reflection”.

Most Revd John McDowell, Church of Ireland Archbishop of Armagh comments “These meditations on Scripture by John Mann explore the relationship and the realities of light and darkness as they are found in Scripture, in human life, and in Christian discipleship”.

The publishers note that a Church-goer, a seeker of truth, or a Christian soul whose path has become darkened or distracted in recent years, will find something in these pages to encourage them, to set their eyes towards the light and their heart towards the divine.

Journeying to the Light: Daily Readings through Advent and Christmas by John Mann, with a foreword by Bishop Brendan Leahy is published in Ireland and the UK by Messenger Publications. Priced at €12.95/£11.95. Click here to purchase online »