Did you know that Advent means coming?

Advent gives us the opportunity to prepare our hearts and minds for the coming of Christ among us, which we celebrate at Christmas, and look forward to his second coming. Advent commemorates and celebrate God’s salvific work for God’s people and among us in Christ. Once more, this year, we are faced with many challenges and threats, including the living cost crisis and the wars in Ukraine and the Holy Land. As we live in a world where God may seem absent, Advent offers us a unique opportunity to pray and shout, in the cold night, in our churches, in our hearts, “O come, Emmanuel, come hastily”. The diocese wishes to provide you with some Advent resources to act as a life-buoy, a remedy and a prayer book for the days ahead. Advent is a time to stretch and arouse our imagination for what it brings; a maturing expectation and sensitivity to the Lord’s coming as redeemer and new-born child.

Happy Advent!

Seasonal Resources for Advent

See our Advent resources, reflections and prayers here.

Blue Christmas Liturgy

Christmas can be a difficult time for many people for all sorts of reasons; bereavement, unemployment, being far away from family and so on. A Blue Christmas liturgy offers a way of acknowledging that and hopefully, finding the hope that will help them to get through Christmas.

There are three liturgies that can be used by an individual or within a group. Find out more here.

Celebr@te Advent Family Pack

Celebr@te have created an Advent Family Pack, which you might like to try a few ideas from and maybe share with another family and pray together through this season.