By clicking on a different virtual door each day, online visitors can access an “Audio Thought for the Day”, contributed to by a wide-ranging group of people including bishops, priests, religious, laity, staff of the councils and agencies of the Irish Bishops’ Conference, as well as primary, secondary and university students.
Other features include suggested family prayers; Advent videos on subjects such as a blessing of the crib in the home, a blessing of the advent wreath in the home, the words of Pope Francis from WMOF2018; suggestions on how to make Christmas more sustainable so as to care for our common home; Advent music and seasonal prayers; a calendar of Advent events in dioceses and parishes; and information on Trócaire’s Global Gifts campaign.
Launching the resource, Archbishop Eamon Marin said that, as well as being a time of spiritual preparation for Christmas, Advent was also a time of preparation for the second coming of Christ. He said that as Christians, we must always be prepared for the coming of the Lord.
“Such preparation does not happen at once but over time, and so each day of Advent allows us to reflect on the joy of the Gospel. Our online calendar is a helpful resource on our journey.
“I invite everyone during this season of Advent to enjoy our online calendar which highlights themes of love in the family as well as mercy and peace,” Archbishop Martin said.
The Advent Calendar can be accessed here and you can follow on Twitter and Instagram @catholicbishops. The resources provided each day are available at the click of a button and take just five minutes so please join us and #LiveAdvent this year!