Advent 2022
Prayers and Reflections

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November 27th - First Sunday of Advent

The first candle is a symbol of the kindly light and of hope that gives us ‘the resolve to run forth to meet Christ’ whose presence dispels darkness.

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November 28th, Monday

When we remove all obstacles to Christ’s presence he will come, at any hour or moment, to dwell spiritually in our hearts.

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November 29th, Tuesday

I love you, Lord, my strength, my rock, my fortress, my Saviour.

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November 30th, Wednesday

Feast of St Andrew: “Follow me, says the Lord, and I will make you fishers of men.”

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December 1st, Thursday

Today is World AIDS Day. We pray for those who suffer from this disease. We pray for their families, their carers and their healthcare workers.

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December 2nd, Friday

The Lord is my light and my help.

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December 3rd, Saturday

We ask Mary to watch over all those who are sick this Christmas and to support those who care for them at home and in hospitals. Amen.

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December 4th - Second Sunday of Advent

We ask God for strength to be like John the Baptist, preparing the way of the Lord.

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December 5th, Monday

Be strong, 

let your heart take courage, all who hope in the Lord. 

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December 6th, Tuesday

“Show patience in times of trouble; never cease praying.” Romans 12:12

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December 7th, Wednesday

Jesus said, ‘Come to me, 

all you who labour and are overburdened,

and I will give you rest.

Matthew 11:28 

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December 8th, Thursday

The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Our Lady, overflowing with grace, all creation receives new life from your abundance.

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December 9th, Friday

We pray for those who are struggling and we ask the Lord to keep them in his care. Amen.

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December 10th, Saturday

Give us hope, Lord, to steady our steps, for we walk by faith and not by earthly sight.

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December 11th - Third Sunday of Advent

Gaudete Sunday. 

Rejoice! For the Lord is near!

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December 12th, Monday

Do not worry about who is and is not on your side: simply make sure that God is with you in all you do.

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December 13th, Tuesday

O glorious Saint Lucy, virgin and martyr who gave her life for the church, we venerate your sacrifice for our faith.

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December 14th, Wednesday

Today we pray for all who are housebound and for all those in care facilities. Amen.

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December 15th, Thursday

We thank you, Lord, for all that we have: move us to give of our plenty to those who have little.

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December 16th, Friday

We give thanks and praise for mothers and fathers, young and old. We remember those who are no longer with us but who live forever in our memory and nourish us with their love. Amen.

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December 17th, Saturday

The natural environment is a collective good, the patrimony of all humanity and the responsibility of everyone. (Laudato Si’, 95)

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December 18th – Fourth Sunday of Advent

May the light of Christ enter our hearts so that we may share the warmth of God’s love with those we meet. 

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December 19th, Monday

Lord, we ask you to hold closely young people who are struggling with everyday life. Let them see how much they are valued and loved. Amen.

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December 20th, Tuesday

Today we pray for all those living with dementia. May they know in their hearts God’s comforting embrace and continue to realise, as names and memories fade, that they are loved by family, friends, and especially by you. Amen.

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December 21st, Wednesday

As we prepare to celebrate Christmas, let us be mindful that many people will be struggling to put food on their tables.

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December 22nd, Thursday

Bless the work of those running food banks and centres; move us to give to them as generously as we can. Amen.

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December 23rd, Friday

Lord Jesus, look after the children of the world, protect them and hear their prayers.

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December 24th, Christmas Eve

May Jesus light in our hearts, love, hope and peace.

With Mary and Joseph we rejoice in the birth of Jesus. May we welcome Christ as they did. Amen.

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December 25th, Christmas Day

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 

John 1:1

Happy Christmas!

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To download a copy of our Advent Calendar 2022, click here.