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Welcome to our four weeks of reflection in Advent.
Unfortuanely, due to the 'circuit breaker', we are unable to deliver Weeks 1 and 2 via webcam, but please join us for Weeks 3 and 4.

Whether you can come for a little time each week, or only for one or two weeks. we hope you will find a space in your heart to prepare for the coming of the Infant Jesus. Advent is normally such a ‘busy’ time for families so it’s good to set aside a little time each week to ‘breathe’.

Thank you for your presence, whether in the church or via webcam.

 

First Sunday of Advent

Hymn: O come O come Emmanuel

Welcome

Advent Wreath

As we light the first candle, let us ask, that the light of the Messiah will illuminate our home and hearts.

All: Father of all creation, Lord of light, all the earth rejoices before your Son who draws near as a radiant light to shine upon those lost in the darkness of selfishness, prejudice and sin.

Filled with hope at his dawning, we have prepared this wreath of candles and evergreen and ask your blessing upon it.

May our hearts reflect the light of these candles, that Christmas will find us joyfully ready to receive our Saviour, Jesus Christ, your Light to the nations, your Word made flesh, who lives and reigns with you for ever and ever.

Amen

Pause for reflection          

Hymn: Come to me

 Reflection:           Sr Anne Murphy

What are our expectations this Christmas?

Pause for reflection

What do I want to be re-born in me this Christmas?

Pause for reflection

How can we prepare to meet Christ when he comes in glory?

Pause for reflection

A Reading from the Letter of James 5: 7-8
Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains. You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near.

Pause for reflection

Advent Mysteries in a time of Pandemic

1st Mystery: The Annunciation:
Mary waited for what the angel Gabriel had to say and she waited for her cousin Elizabeth to confirm her news. Later, she would wait by the cross. Waiting was part of Mary’s life and it’s part of our lives too.

We remember all who are waiting this Advent, waiting to see their loved ones, waiting for test results, waiting for appointments, waiting to start work again.

2nd Mystery: Proclamation of the Kingdom
Mary waited for news of her Son . . . Waited to hear the news from others telling her Jesus healed the sick, healed the lame, calmed those who were afraid, taught with authority. We remember all whose plans have been affected by the corona virus – waiting to reschedule their weddings, holidays, special occasions.

3rd Mystery: The Descent of the Holy Spirit
Mary trusted the guidance of the Holy Spirit in her own life and knew that same Holy Spirit would guide her when the sword of sorrow pierced her soul. Even in sorrow she trusted in the grace of the Holy Spirit.

We remember all who are in a position of power. May the Holy Spirit guide the politicians, leaders and scientists as they continue to try and find a solution.

4th Mystery: The Crucifixion
Mary knew the pain of separation when her Son was arrested. She knew the pain of sorrow when He was crucified to the cross and she had to depend on another’s generosity to find a place where He could be buried.

We remember families who have been separated from their loved ones in hospital, unable to be with them in their final hours and prevented from having a public funeral.

5Th Mystery: The Coronation of our Lady as Queen of Heaven and Earth.

Mary, the Mother of Jesus, Mother of God who is our God too. We entrust to her care all who are suffering from coronavirus, all those who care for the sick in hospital, in care homes, in the community and at home. We remember all front line workers who ensure our lives continue as normally as possible. We ask Mary to carry our prayers to her Son.

Hail, holy Queen, Mother of mercy, hail, our life, our sweetness and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve: to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears. Turn then, most gracious Advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us, and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus, O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary! Amen.
Pray for us O Holy Mother of God
that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ
.

Let us pray:
O God, Whose only-begotten Son, by His life, death and resurrection, has purchased for us the rewards of eternal life, grant, we beseech You, that meditating upon these Mysteries of the Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may imitate what they contain, and obtain what they promise, through the same Christ, our Lord. Amen.

       Prayer to Venerable Catherine McAuley for a Sick Person

God of love and mercy,
you inspired Catherine McAuley to serve your Son
by responding to the needs of her time.
Moved by her care for the sick, we ask that, through her prayers,
you reach out with your healing love and restore ............................
to full health.
We ask this in complete confidence through Jesus Christ your Son, Amen.
Catherine McAuley, Pray for Us.

Hymn: Suscipe - Catherine McAuley’s Personal Prayer of Consecration
Composed by Sr. Elaine Deasy and sung by Sr. Marie Cox.

My God,
I am yours for time and eternity.
Lord, I am yours forever.
It is you who must teach me
to trust in your providence, loving Lord.

You are a God of love and tenderness
I put my faith in You,
and I ask that you grant me acceptance of your will.
loving Lord.

Take from my heart all painful anxiety.
Let nothing sadden me but sin
and then let my delight be
hoping to see your face, God, my all.

My God, I am yours for time and eternity…..

Final Blessing

May the Lord bless us and keep us.

May the Lord’s face shine upon us and be gracious to us.

May the Lord look upon us with kindness and give us peace.   Amen


Come Lord Jesus.

Come Lord Jesus.

Come Lord Jesus, come

 

Closing Hymn: The Peace of God


 

Second Sunday of Advent

Hymn: O come O come Emmanuel

Welcome

Lighting of the 2nd Advent Candle

Hymn: Come to me

John the Baptist

 St. John the Baptist can teach us four great lessons.

 Humility

Repentance

How to be Christ-centred

The power of Integrity

How can I exercise humility in my daily life?

Pause for reflection

What obstacles do I need to remove from my heart in order to love God fully?

Pause for reflection

How do my actions lead others to Christ or do they have the opposite effect?

 

Pause for reflection

Do you have a St. John the Baptist in your life?

Do you have someone who loves you so much that they will tell you the truth?

 

Pause for reflection

The word of God   Mark:1 2-4, 7-8
As it is written in Isaiah the prophet:
I will send my messenger ahead of you,
will prepare your way -
“a voice of one calling in the wilderness,
‘Prepare the way for the Lord,
straight paths for him.’”
And so, John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.
And this was his message: “After me comes the one more powerful than I, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie.
I baptize you withwater, but he will baptize you withthe Holy Spirit.”

Pause for reflection

 

Advent Mysteries in a time of Pandemic

1st Mystery: The Annunciation:
Mary waited for what the angel Gabriel had to say and she waited for her cousin Elizabeth to confirm her news. Later, she would wait by the cross. Waiting was part of Mary’s life and it’s part of our lives too.

We remember all who are waiting this Advent, waiting to see their loved ones, waiting for test results, waiting for appointments, waiting to start work again.

2nd Mystery: Proclamation of the Kingdom
Mary waited for news of her Son . . . Waited to hear the news from others telling her Jesus healed the sick, healed the lame, calmed those who were afraid, taught with authority. We remember all whose plans have been affected by the corona virus – waiting to reschedule their weddings, holidays, special occasions.

3rd Mystery: The Descent of the Holy Spirit
Mary trusted the guidance of the Holy Spirit in her own life and knew that same Holy Spirit would guide her when the sword of sorrow pierced her soul. Even in sorrow she trusted in the grace of the Holy Spirit.

We remember all who are in a position of power. May the Holy Spirit guide the politicians, leaders and scientists as they continue to try and find a solution.

4th Mystery: The Crucifixion
Mary knew the pain of separation when her Son was arrested. She knew the pain of sorrow when He was crucified to the cross and she had to depend on another’s generosity to find a place where He could be buried.

We remember families who have been separated from their loved ones in hospital, unable to be with them in their final hours and prevented from having a public funeral.

5Th Mystery: The Coronation of our Lady as Queen of Heaven and Earth.

Mary, the Mother of Jesus, Mother of God who is our God too. We entrust to her care all who are suffering from coronavirus, all those who care for the sick in hospital, in care homes, in the community and at home. We remember all front line workers who ensure our lives continue as normally as possible. We ask Mary to carry our prayers to her Son.

Hail, holy Queen, Mother of mercy, hail, our life, our sweetness and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve: to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears. Turn then, most gracious Advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us, and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus, O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary! Amen.
Pray for us O Holy Mother of God
that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ
.

Let us pray:
O God, Whose only-begotten Son, by His life, death and resurrection, has purchased for us the rewards of eternal life, grant, we beseech You, that meditating upon these Mysteries of the Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may imitate what they contain, and obtain what they promise, through the same Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Prayer at the end of the Rosary

Loving and tender Father,

we pray that we might attend your call

with a fraction of the generosity of Mary

Even when we know

that we do not know

where the road will end,

what we will confront on the way

and can only guess how we will manage.

Even when we wonder about our life choices

did we say “yes” too quickly, agree too readily?

Should we have asked more questions?

Should we have insisted on more guidance?

Will there be a way back to the uncomplicated life

we left behind us, before we heard your voice?

How will we meet the challenges that come with hearing your voice?

Forgive our questions, loving Father,

teach us to be generous hearted when we hear your call

and to be trustful of your kind purposes,

knowing that, in following you,

we will never journey beyond your shadow.

Pause for silent reflection

        Prayer to Venerable Catherine McAuley for a Sick Person

God of love and mercy,
you inspired Catherine McAuley to serve your Son
by responding to the needs of her time.
Moved by her care for the sick, we ask that, through her prayers, you reach out with your healing love and restore ............................ to full health.
We ask this in complete confidence through Jesus Christ your Son, Amen.  

Hymn: Suscipe - Catherine McAuley’s Personal Prayer of Consecration

Composed by Sr. Elaine Deasy and sung by Sr. Marie Cox.

My God,
I am yours for time and eternity.
Lord, I am yours forever.
It is you who must teach me
to trust in your providence, loving Lord.

You are a God of love and tenderness
I put my faith in You,
and I ask that you grant me acceptance of your will.
loving Lord.

Take from my heart all painful anxiety.
Let nothing sadden me but sin
and then let my delight be
hoping to see your face, God, my all.

My God, I am yours for time and eternity…..

Final Blessing
May the Lord bless us and keep us

May the Lord’s face shine upon us and be gracious to us.

May the Lord look upon us with kindness and give us peace   Amen

 Come Lord Jesus. Come Lord Jesus. Come Lord Jesus, come

Hymn: May the peace of God   


 Third Sunday of Advent

Hymn: O come O come Emmanuel

Welcome

Lighting of the 3rd Advent Candle

Hymn: Come to me

      St. Joseph, Guardian of the Saviour    

St. Joseph can teach us three lessons:
The value of silence
Actions speak louder than words

God’s help under pressure

When do I make time for silence in my own life?
Pause for reflection

How do my actions speak louder than words?
Pause for reflection

      What help do I need now at this time in my life.
Pause for reflection

     

 

 

 

      Philippians:4 4-7

      Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation,
by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving,
present your requests to God.
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding,
will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

 

 

    Advent Mysteries in a time of Pandemic Page   6   

      1st Mystery: The Annunciation:
Mary waited for what the angel Gabriel had to say and she waited for her cousin Elizabeth to confirm her news. Later, she would wait by the cross. Waiting was part of Mary’s life and it’s part of our lives too.

We remember all who are waiting this Advent, waiting to see their loved ones, waiting for test results, waiting for appointments, waiting to start work again.

2nd Mystery: Proclamation of the Kingdom
Mary waited for news of her Son . . . Waited to hear the news from others telling her Jesus healed the sick, healed the lame, calmed those who were afraid, taught with authority. We remember all whose plans have been affected by the corona virus – waiting to reschedule their weddings, holidays, special occasions.

3rd Mystery: The Descent of the Holy Spirit
Mary trusted the guidance of the Holy Spirit in her own life and knew that same Holy Spirit would guide her when the sword of sorrow pierced her soul. Even in sorrow she trusted in the grace of the Holy Spirit.

We remember all who are in a position of power. May the Holy Spirit guide the politicians, leaders and scientists as they continue to try and find a solution.

4th Mystery: The Crucifixion
Mary knew the pain of separation when her Son was arrested. She knew the pain of sorrow when He was crucified to the cross and she had to depend on another’s generosity to find a place where He could be buried.

We remember families who have been separated from their loved ones in hospital, unable to be with them in their final hours and prevented from having a public funeral.

5Th Mystery: The Coronation of our Lady as Queen of Heaven and Earth.

Mary, the Mother of Jesus, Mother of God who is our God too. We entrust to her care all who are suffering from coronavirus, all those who care for the sick in hospital, in care homes, in the community and at home. We remember all front line workers who ensure our lives continue as normally as possible. We ask Mary to carry our prayers to her Son.

Hail, holy Queen, Mother of mercy, hail, our life, our sweetness and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve: to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears. Turn then, most gracious Advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us, and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus, O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary! Amen.
Pray for us O Holy Mother of God
that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ
.

Let us pray:
O God, Whose only-begotten Son, by His life, death and resurrection, has purchased for us the rewards of eternal life, grant, we beseech You, that meditating upon these Mysteries of the Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may imitate what they contain, and obtain what they promise, through the same Christ, our Lord. Amen.


Prayer at the end of the Rosary

We bless God for the example of Joseph:
for his humility before the greatness of God’s plans;
for his love and loyalty to Mary and Jesus:
for his willingness to change and adapt his life
so that the greatness of others might flourish.
We pray for ourselves that, in our turn,
we might be attentive listeners to God’s word
and accomplish God’s will in our lives.

Amen

Prayer to Venerable Catherine McAuley for a Sick Person

God of love and mercy, you inspired Catherine McAuley to serve your Son by responding to the needs of her time. Moved by her care for the sick, we ask that, through her prayers, you reach out with your healing love and restore ............................ to full health. We ask this in complete confidence through Jesus Christ your Son, Amen.
Catherine McAuley, Pray For Us.

Hymn: Suscipe - Catherine McAuley’s Personal Prayer of Consecration
Composed by Sr. Elaine Deasy and sung by Sr. Marie Cox.

Blessing at the end

May the Lord’s face shine upon us and be gracious to us.

May the Lord look upon us with kindness and give us peace Amen

Closing Hymn: The Peace of God by Sr. Briege O’Hare and sung by Sr. Marie Cox (4.06)


Fourth Sunday of Advent

Our Blessed Mother Mary

Inviting Our Lady into our lives etc.   input and delivery by Sr. Anne

For your choice of Elizabeth,

Pregnant much later than she dreamed,

For your choice of Mary,

Pregnant much sooner than she expected:

We bless you, Father, with a full heart.

We pray for all pregnant mothers:

That they may be secure and safe

In heart and mind and body

That they may be strengthened

For the responsibility ahead of them,

And know the consolation of loving support.

We pray for all Mothers:

That they may always delight in the presence

Of the children entrusted to their safe-keeping;

That they may be a shelter for them

And a source of love and wisdom.

For all children we pray:

That they may grow in the security of family life

And experience their dignity as children of God

May they always stay connected to their parents

In true affection and respect.

Fourth Sunday: The word of God     Hebrews: 1;1-3

In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways,but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.

Pause for reflection

 

Advent Mysteries in a time of Pandemic

1st Mystery: The Annunciation:
Mary waited for what the angel Gabriel had to say and she waited for her cousin Elizabeth to confirm her news. Later, she would wait by the cross. Waiting was part of Mary’s life and it’s part of our lives too.

We remember all who are waiting this Advent, waiting to see their loved ones, waiting for test results, waiting for appointments, waiting to start work again.

2nd Mystery: Proclamation of the Kingdom
Mary waited for news of her Son . . . Waited to hear the news from others telling her Jesus healed the sick, healed the lame, calmed those who were afraid, taught with authority. We remember all whose plans have been affected by the corona virus – waiting to reschedule their weddings, holidays, special occasions.

3rd Mystery: The Descent of the Holy Spirit
Mary trusted the guidance of the Holy Spirit in her own life and knew that same Holy Spirit would guide her when the sword of sorrow pierced her soul. Even in sorrow she trusted in the grace of the Holy Spirit.

We remember all who are in a position of power. May the Holy Spirit guide the politicians, leaders and scientists as they continue to try and find a solution.

4th Mystery: The Crucifixion
Mary knew the pain of separation when her Son was arrested. She knew the pain of sorrow when He was crucified to the cross and she had to depend on another’s generosity to find a place where He could be buried.

We remember families who have been separated from their loved ones in hospital, unable to be with them in their final hours and prevented from having a public funeral.

5Th Mystery: The Coronation of our Lady as Queen of Heaven and Earth.

Mary, the Mother of Jesus, Mother of God who is our God too. We entrust to her care all who are suffering from coronavirus, all those who care for the sick in hospital, in care homes, in the community and at home. We remember all front line workers who ensure our lives continue as normally as possible. We ask Mary to carry our prayers to her Son.

Hail, holy Queen, Mother of mercy, hail, our life, our sweetness and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve: to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears. Turn then, most gracious Advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us, and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus, O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary! Amen.
Pray for us O Holy Mother of God
that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ
.

Let us pray:
O God, Whose only-begotten Son, by His life, death and resurrection, has purchased for us the rewards of eternal life, grant, we beseech You, that meditating upon these Mysteries of the Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may imitate what they contain, and obtain what they promise, through the same Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Prayer at the end of the Rosary

When the song of the angels has been stilled,

When the star has gone from the night sky,

When the kings have reached their far shores,

When the shepherds have returned to their flocks,

Then the work of Jesus really begins.

As his followers we are pledged:

To find those who are lost;

To heal those who are broken in spirit;

To feed those who are hungry;

To released those who are oppressed

To rebuild those torn by strife;

To bring peace among all people;

To bring the light of the Gospel

Into the darkest corners of our world.

May the joy of the angels,

The eagerness of the shepherds,

The perseverance of the wise men,

The love of Joseph and Mary,

And the peace of the Christ Child

Be ours to share with all we meet.

Prayer to Venerable Catherine McAuley for a Sick Person
God of love and mercy, you inspired Catherine McAuley to serve your Son by responding to the needs of her time. Moved by her care for the sick, we ask that, through her prayers, you reach out with your healing love and restore ............................ to full health. We ask this in complete confidence through Jesus Christ your Son, Amen.
Catherine McAuley, Pray For Us.

Hymn: Suscipe - Catherine McAuley’s Personal Prayer of Consecration
Composed by Sr. Elaine Deasy and sung by Sr. Marie Cox.

Blessing at the end

May the Lord’s face shine upon us and be gracious to us.

May the Lord look upon us with kindness and give us peace Amen

End with Come Lord Jesus

Closing Hymn: The Peace of God by Sr. Briege O’Hare and sung by Sr. Marie Cox

 

 

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