Novelist Haruki Murakami writes in "South of the Border, West of the Sun"
"For a while" is a phrase whose length can't be measured. At least by the person who's waiting."
The Christian celebration of Advent brings with it a theme which is a familiar to those of any or no faith - that of waiting. How long? may have been our cry this year, but light is coming. As the season of advent begins again we are encouraged to wait and to wonder. An incredible moment is remembered, where God enters the world as a human being and explores all the struggles, joys, heartaches and experiences that we do today.
This simple festival remembers and waits for the frail light that emerges from the pain of waiting. Many of the artists who feature on this simple little website resonate with finding a little light in amongst the waiting and pain. We hope you do too.
This week we launch two brilliant EP's. Firstly friend of Proost Steve Leach returns with a new EP called Embracing Damage. His inspiration was the Japanese art of Kintsugi - where broken pots are repaired with gold. We love the lightness and hope of these tracks and think they could be a creative accompaniment to your advent. Why not check out the preview of the first track Idea.
Secondly, we welcome a new artist to Proost, Bournemouth's Hidden Hour. The Nazareth EP is Hidden Hour's first release with it and we adore it. Its nearly twenty minutes of beautiful and mesmirising ambient tracks that would be at home in a Prayer Space or an Ibiza Chilled DJ Set. Again these are tracks filled with hope and expectation of hope to come. We love them and highly recommend them to you. Why not check out the preview of Nova Facio Omnia.
Elsewhere around the site is Jon Birch's Apollo Christmas. On Christmas Eve 1968 astronauts orbiting the moon made an amazing broadcast. With incredible visuals, euphoric electronic music and the words of the three astronauts - this movie takes a different spin on wonder at Christmas. We love Jon and all he creates and love this short movie.
If you're searching for Advent companions then there's much choice in our Advent section in the Seasons tab above. Seeking Light by Ian Adams, We Who Still Wait by Goan/Smith/Broadway/Adams or Advent Thoughts by Tim Watson are three of many. There are also Si Smith's wonderful assortment of Advent Calendar, Advent Calendar and Comic and Advent Flatpack.
We also have resources and creative ideas to help you as you gather others and reflect in wonder. People Walking in Darkness and 9 Lessons are movies which both fit with that seasonal gathering. Wonky Donkey is classic Harry Baker. Jon Birch has a selection of Christmas related animations including Alt Advent, Silent Night and Xmas Economy: Elf Issues.
Many of you enjoyed our Fanzine at Lent so the great news is that a Christmas Fanzine will be coming out on Friday 8 December. Watch the website and social media for details. Like last time it'll be free.
Lastly many of you ask at this time of year about purchasing a Get it All Subscription for friends. This is a great idea. Get it All means you can access everything on the site to download for one year - thats a lot of music, movies, liturgy, poetry and art to download.Just create a friend an account and set up a Get it All Subscription. Alternatively message us firstname.lastname@example.org and we can do it for you.
As a way to get into the festive spirit we wanted you to know that we've reduced the Get it All Subscription from £60 to a special price of £45. This offer starts now but is only available until Friday 8 December at midnight when the price will revert back to £60. So get in there quick we hope you'll enjoy it - and do tell your friends.
In the meantime every blessing in your Advent waiting.
The Proost Team
“At this Christmas when Christ comes, will He find a warm heart? Mark the season of Advent by loving and serving the others with God's own love and concern.” (Mother Teresa)