Readings for Tuesday of the First Week of Advent
Is 11:1-10. Ps 71:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17, R.cf. v 7. Lk 10:21-24. www.catholicbishops.ie/readings.
The prophet speaks of the one on whom the Spirit rests. Integrity and faithfulness shall characterise him. And in those days there shall be peace. Jesus, filled with the Joy of the Holy Spirit, gives thanks to the Father for revealing the fulfilment of the prophecies.
Audio: Advent Thought for the Day
Each day during Advent we are bringing you an audio Thought for the Day on a different theme. Today’s Thought for the Day is from Father Michael Drumm, a priest of the Diocese of Elphin and Chair of the Catholic Schools Partnership. In this reflection Father Drumm reflects on the darkness which surrounds us on the short days of December against the light of hope which the Season of Advent brings. Father Drumm also explains the meaning of the season.
Click on the link below to listen to the audio.
The Words of Pope Francis
There are Christians whose lives seem like Lent without Easter. I realize of course that joy is not expressed the same way at all times in life, especially at moments of great difficulty. Joy adapts and changes, but it always endures, even as a flicker of light born of our personal certainty that, when everything is said and done, we are infinitely loved. I understand the grief of people who have …to endure great suffering, yet slowly but surely we all have to let the joy of faith slowly revive as a quiet yet firm trust, even amid the greatest distress: “My soul is bereft of peace; I have forgotten what happiness is… But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: the steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning. Great is your faithfulness… It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord” (Lam 3:17, 21-23, 26). – Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel)
Pope Francis on Twitter
The time has come for new messengers of Christ, ever more generous, more joyful and more holy – @Pontifex
Video: A Blessing of the Christmas Tree in the home or classroom
This is a short blessing which can be used in the home or in a school classroom when the lights on the Christmas tree are ready to be switched on. Click here to view the blessing. We send special greetings today to those following our Advent Calendar in classrooms.
Led by his Spirit, we journey toward the fullness and completion of the Kingdom of God, the Kingdom already set in motion by Christ’s presence among us. His call finds a home with us and resounds in us to the ends of the earth: Live the good news! Share the good news! Be good news! (SGN, 170)
Prayer for Peace
A Prayer for Advent to be a time of simplicity
We pray that this Advent may be a time marked by simplicity, calmness and quietness as we wait in hope and wonder for Jesus who is present in our lives now and whose future reign is coming.
Click here to listen to Alma Redemptoris Mater, a traditional Marian hymn usually sung/chanted to conclude night prayer during Advent and Christmas.