Day 2: Monday 30 November 2020

Welcome to Day 2 of our Advent Calendar!

Advent has a twofold character, for it is a time of preparation for the Solemnities of Christmas, in which the First Coming of the Son of God to humanity is remembered, and likewise a time when, by remembrance of this, minds and hearts are led to look forward to Christ’s Second Coming at the end of time. For these two reasons, Advent is a period of devout and expectant delight.

Advent begins with First Vespers (Evening Prayer) of the Sunday that falls on or closest to 30 November and it ends before First Vespers (Evening Prayer I) of Christmas. The Sundays of this time of year are named First, Second, Third and Fourth Sundays of Advent.

Readings for Monday of the First Week of Advent

Rm 10:9-18. Ps 18:2-, R/v 5. Mt 4:18-22.

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 read by Bishop Fintan Monahan, Bishop of Killaloe. In this piece Bishop Fintan shares a reflection written by Fr. Javier Leoz.  In the text, Father Leoz shares how December 25 this year will be simpler and quieter than Christmas in previous years, and as a consequence can better honour the birth of Jesus.

Click on the link below to listen to the audio.


The Words of Pope Francis – Christus Vivit 

Christ is alive! He is our hope, and in a wonderful way he brings youth to our world.  The very first words, then, that I would like to say to every young Christian are these: Christ is alive and he wants you to be alive!”.

Thus begins the post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation, Christus vivit (Christ is alive) by Pope Francis published in April 2019.  This year’s Advent Calendar is featuring Pope Francis’ words from different sources including Christus Vivit. 

Today’s excerpt is the important message that God loves you!

“The very first truth I would tell each of you is this: “God loves you”. It makes no difference whether you have already heard it or not. I want to remind you of it. God loves you. Never doubt this, whatever may happen to you in life. At every moment, you are infinitely loved.” – Pope Francis 

#LivingAdvent 2020 #SharingHope 

During Advent we will be sharing family prayers and suggestions for acts of kindness or charity that all of us are encouraged to undertake during the month of December. We will also be sharing words of hope. 

Advent Random Act of Kindness 

Share a digital smile online today and resist the temptation to post something negative in response to something that you see online. 

Advent Act of Charity 

Support the annual Christmas Gifts of Love appeal from Trócaire, the overseas development agency of the Catholic Church in Ireland. 

This Christmas will be one of fear for millions of families around the world. Whether it is the fear of starvation, violence or disease, at this special time of year, no one should be afraid. That’s why Trócaire is asking for your help this Christmas – to offer love and support by providing food, water, shelter and safety to those desperately in need.

Click here to read more about this year’s appeal from Trócaire. 


“Advent is a season of hope. How much our world needs hope: hope, that hearts which are often hardened by selfishness and greed may be opened up in generosity and care; hope, that those who have plenty will not forget the poor; hope, that those at war will work for peace; hope, that refugees will find a welcome, that the resources of our planet can be sustained and fairly distributed; hope, that the homeless can be sheltered, that fresh starts are possible and hurts can be forgiven; hope, that the dignity and life of every person can be protected.

“Advent assures us that these hopes are not mirages or impossible illusions but truly achievable by the power of God’s grace: the proof of this is in the reality of “the Word made flesh”, that God the Almighty, the creator of the heavens and Earth and stars, became tiny, poor and vulnerable for our sake.” – Archbishop Eamon Martin. 

Click here to read Archbishop Eamon’s Homily for the First Sunday of Advent

We invite you to share our message of hope each day of Advent on your social media. Here is today’s: 

Advent Prayers

Our Prayer Intention for the Day to Pray Together 

The Lord sometimes hides his face from his loved ones.
May those who seek the face of Christ have the confidence
that their search will not be in vain.


An Advent Prayer by Henri Nouwen
Lord Jesus, Master of both the light and the darkness,
send your Holy Spirit upon our preparations for Christmas.
We who have so much to do seek quiet spaces to hear your voice each day.
We who are anxious over many things look forward to your coming among us.
We who are blessed in so many ways long for the complete joy of your kingdom.
We whose hearts are heavy seek the joy of your presence.
We are your people,
walking in darkness,
yet seeking the light.
To you we say, “Come Lord Jesus!”


Video: A Blessing of the Crib in the home 

This is a short blessing which can be used in the home when the family is putting together the crib. Click here to watch the video.

Advent at Home: In Hopeful Expectation – Prayers at Home for Advent

Click on the link to download a prayer resource for use at home during Advent. 

Advent Book Recommendation – Waiting in Mindful Hope 


In Waiting in Mindful Hope, psychotherapist and retreat director Martina Lehane Sheehan explores the transformative power of mindfulness, with a particular emphasis on how readers can cultivate a consoling sense of hope in their lives, particularly during times of transition or change.

A book that holds special resonance during the ‘waiting’ season of Advent, Waiting in Mindful Hope offers wisdom for all seasons and invites the reader to foster a profound sense of watchfulness, acceptance and an awareness of God in the present moment.

This is a book that was published in 2016 but is just as popular again this year. 

See for more. 


Advent Music

christmas music


Creator of the Stars at Night was originally “Conditor alme siderum” and written by an unknown author in the 7th Century; It was translated from Latin to English by John M. Neale in the Hymnal Noted, 1852. This version is by by Alex Mejias of High Street Hymns taken from an album “Love Shall Be Our Token”.

Click here to listen.



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