Journeying in the faith – Advent

Advent: From Darkness to Light

 

The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light:

they who live in the land under the shadow of death, have a light shine upon them.

For unto us a son is given: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor,

The mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace… and all the people shall know.

Isaiah 9: 1- 7

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HOW TO CELEBRATE ADVENT

 

Advent is a season in which we prepare for the great celebration of the birth of Jesus at Christmas and we are preparing for Jesus’ second coming.  During these four weeks, we are invited to deepen our appreciation of God’s gift to us and the world of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.  So what should we do?

WAIT – for thousands of years people waited for the promised Messiah and Saviour.  We pray and wait for the Lord.

  1. REFLECT – We listen again to the call of St. John the Baptist to make our hearts ready for forgiveness and love
  2. ADVENT WREATH – a circle of evergreens, symbolising God’s love; three violet and one pink candle, reminding us of God’s light in the world.
  3. ADVENT CALENDAR – marks the 4 weeks of Advent, each day we think about our lives as a friend of Jesus – “Come, Lord Jesus”.
  4. JESSE TREE – depicts the relationship of Jesus with Jesse and other bibical figures who were the ancestors of Jesus.  The Tree helps us journey through Advent and follow the scriptures until Jesus is born.

‘The royal line of David is like a tree that has been cut down; but just as new branches sprout from a stump, so a new king will arise from among David’s descendants.’

Isaiah 11: 1

Don’t overdo it in preparing for Christmas, and miss the reason and purpose of this Advent time.  A Child is born!

As we move through Advent, we should be peaceful. St Paul tells us this in his letter to the Corinthians.

 

Brothers and sisters: My prayer is that God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ will be kind to you and will bless you with peace.

I never stop thanking my God for being kind enough to give you Christ Jesus, who helps you speak and understand so well. Now you are certain that everything we told you about or Lord Christ Jesus is true.

 

Thinking about God wanting us to be kind and filled with peace, what are you most looking forward to this Christmas?

  • Which gift are you looking forward to giving to someone else?

  • How will you say thank you for the gifts you receive?

  • How will you be kind to others?

  • How will you let God know you are thankful for all he has given you?

 

 

 

Prayers

We pray to Jesus, light of the world and prince of peace.

That all who live in darkness may walk in light.

Come Prince of Peace

 

That we will use this special time of Advent to prepare a way in our hearts for the coming of Jesus.

Come Prince of Peace

 

We pray for all who are trapped in the darkness of anger, loneliness, poverty or grief.

Come Prince of Peace

We pray for continuing peace in our country and in all troubled areas of the world.

Come Prince of Peace

We pray for ourselves that we may receive peace in our hearts at Christmas, and that we may share that peace with others.

Come Prince of Peace

 

 

Lord Jesus,

Your coming awoke your disciples to the presence of the Kingdom among them. Keep us ready to listen and to respond to your Word and to offer our lives in loving service of God and our neighbour.

Amen