Day 13: Friday 15 December 2023

Welcome to Day 13 of our Advent Calendar

During the 22 days of Advent, new content will be available each day behind the calendar’s doors. 

A video message from Gerard Gallagher, Secretary General, AMRI


Season of Advent

Advent is the four-week season before Christmas during which we prepare for the coming of Christ.  The word Advent comes from the Latin word adventus, which means “coming”.  The season of Advent is a time of waiting, conversion and of hope, which has a twofold character as:

  • A time of preparation for the Solemnities of the Christmas season, in which the first coming of the Son of God to humanity is remembered; and,
  • A time when – by remembrance of this – our minds and hearts look forward to the Second Coming of Christ at the end of time.

For these two reasons, Advent is a period of devout and expectant delight.

Our digital Advent calendar is a helpful resource for our ‘journey’ towards Christmas.  Each day, by clicking on a virtual door, we are inviting you to take a few minutes to avail of our resources to rediscover the true meaning of Advent and Christmas.

Advent Prayers

An Advent Prayer for the Lord to Come This Advent, Lord, come to the manger of my heart. Fill me with your presence from the very start. As I prepare for the holidays and gifts to be given, remind me of the gift you gave when you sent your Son from heaven. The first Christmas gift, it was the greatest gift ever.

Missionary Prayer

God our Father, you will all men and women to be saved and come to the knowledge of your Truth.
Send workers into your great harvest that the Gospel may be preached to ever creature and your people, gathered together by the Word of life and strengthened by the power of the Sacraments, may advance in the way of salvation and love.
I ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

God’s Love Has Been Given To Us
God, your love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

Source: Rev Peter Murphy from The Family Prayer Book

Kids’ Corner!

Each day of Advent you will find fun activities for children to enjoy and learn more about the Season of Advent!  Print out the Advent scene below and colour them in however you like!

To print: click on the image below to open a new page, then select “print” to print out the page for colouring.

Kids Corner Day 13