Day 7: Saturday 5 December 2020


Welcome to Day 7 of our Advent Calendar! 

Setting up the Christmas crèche (crib) in our homes helps us to relive the history of what took place in Bethlehem. Naturally, the Gospels remain our source for understanding and reflecting on that event. At the same time, its portrayal in the crèche helps us to imagine the scene. It touches our hearts and makes us enter into salvation history as contemporaries of an event that is living and real in a broad gamut of historical and cultural contexts. – Pope Francis  

Readings for Saturday of the First Week of Advent 

Is 30:19-21, 23-26. Ps 146: 1-6, R/ Is 30:18. Mt 9:35-10:1, 6-8.

God’s ears are not deaf to the cries of the needy. Jesus, as a shepherd, feels compassion for those who have lost the way. 

Advent Thought for the Day

Each day during Advent we are bringing you an audio Thought for Today on a different theme. Today’s Thought for Today is  from Brother Richard Hendrick Ofm Cap. In this piece Brother Richard invites us to pause in this Season of Advent to contemplate the scene of the Nativity and on why Jesus was born into such humble surroundings.

Click below to listen to the reflection: 

The Words of Pope Francis 

Our words from Pope Francis today are taken from his post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation, Christus vivit (Christ is alive) on how the life of Jesus is a love story offered to us: 

“The life that Jesus gives us is a love story, a life history that wants to blend with ours and sink roots in the soil of our own lives. That life is not salvation up ‘in the cloud’ and waiting to be downloaded, a new ‘app’ to be discovered, or a technique of mental self-improvement. Still less is that life a ‘tutorial’ for finding out the latest news. The salvation that God offers us is an invitation to be part of a love story interwoven with our personal stories; it is alive and wants to be born in our midst so that we can bear fruit just as we are, wherever we are and with everyone all around us. The Lord comes there to sow and to be sown”. (CV 252) 

#LivingAdvent 2020 #SharingHope 

During Advent we are 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 are also #SharingHope. 

Advent Random Act of Kindness 

 Sit down as family and share a meal around the table without the distractions of digital devices! 

Let’s Be Family – Act of Charity 

Bring some food along to the nearest collection point for Christmas food appeals. 


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

Advent Prayers

Our Prayer Intention for the Day to Pray Together 

1. We pray for the dead;
that they may enjoy eternal life
rejoicing in the Lord’s house.

2. We pray for those who feel lonely at this time of year,
those who mourn and those who are far from
family and friends.

Blessing of the Crib in the Home 
In homes across Ireland this weekend Christmas trees and cribs may be put in place in preparation for Christmas. Below are links to two short videos: (i) A Blessing of the Crib in the home and (ii) A Blessing of the Christmas Tree

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Christmas Tree Blessing
Blessing of the Crib 

Prayer for Hospitality
Hospitality Family Prayer Book

Taken from The Family Prayer Book published by Veritas (

A Prayer for Grandparents and Grandchildren missing each other at this time. 

This isa prayer which was written earlier this year as part of our resources for World Communications Day. It is a prayer written from the perspective of grandparents and children missing each other at this time. 

Advent Book Recommendation – The Jesse Tree

The inspiration for this book was the tradition of carved Jesse trees and stained glass windows used in medieval times to tell people Bible stories.

Using her skills as a storyteller and her love of the Bible, the author has written a compelling story about the creation of a modern-day Jesse tree.

She weaves evocative retellings of selected Bible stories with a sensitive contemporary story about the transforming power of love.

The Jesse Tree is available from




Advent Music

season of advent
O Sanctissima, a Marian hymn from around the 18th century. This particular version, by the Cathedral Singers of Richard Proulx, is highly abridged of the original.

O sanctissima, O piissima,
Dulcis Virgo Maria.
Mater amata, intemerata,
Ora, ora pro nobis

Tota pulchra es, O Maria
Et macula non est in te
Mater amata, intemerata,
Ora, ora pro nobis.

Sicut lilium inter spinas,
Sic Maria inter filias
Mater amata, intemerata,
Ora, ora pro nobis.

Click here to listen. 



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