1st Sunday of Advent - Hope
Advent Prayer by Sr Rosemary Albon
When summer’s brilliance has faded into winter’s darkness
The Christian people of the north
Turn slowly inward to reflect on
their advent journey towards Incarnation.
What does it mean?
To wait and long for? ….. Ask a pregnant woman
To be vulnerable and fearful? ..… Ask a pregnant woman
To be full of joy and dreams? ….. Ask a pregnant woman
To be shamed? ….. Ask a pregnant woman
To birth hope, a new and precious heartbeat of God?
….. Ask a pregnant woman
Mary of Nazareth, as Advent approaches
We walk with you and all pregnant women
Through our journey of waiting, of longing
and into transformation. Amen
The Advent of Christ’s Barrier-Free Kingdom
The first week of Advent and the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (December 3) is a wonderful week to reflect on the hope of Christ, our saviour who was here, is here with us now through his Holy Spirit, and who will someday, hopefully soon, be with us in the flesh again.
It is also a great week to celebrate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, and our hope of full and equal participation of people with and without disabilities the world over. Learn more
We have hope! Even though
This year has been hard.
For good things can come
When we least expect them.
We found ourselves strong
When we thought we’d be weak
We found ourselves brave
When we thought we’d be scared
We find all this life
In the dead of winter.
We find all these lights
At the end of the year
We see a star rise
In the longest of nights
We find God with us
When we feel most alone.
We have hope! And though
The year’s not over yet
That means there’s still time
To be surprised again.