Advent week one:
The Journey Beginns
Prayer Week one:
Heavenly Father, as we begin this Advent, give light to our eyes and peace to our hearts.
May the Lord find us watching and waiting in joy when He comes. We ask in the name of Jesus your Son. Amen.
Gospel week one:
Gospel Luke 2:1-5.
In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus
that all the world should be enrolled.
This was the first enrolment, when Quirin’ius was governor of Syria. And all went to be enrolled, each to his own city.
And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be enrolled with Mary his betrothed, who was with child.
In this session we will begin our journey through the season of Advent. Advent begins four Sundays before Christmas. During Advent we wait and prepare for the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ in anticipation of the Second Coming of Christ.
This week we will focus on Mary and Joseph’s journey as they travel from Nazareth to Bethlehem. Today’s passage helps us to focus on preparations and the journey that Mary and Joseph made.
During Advent we too prepare our hearts for the birth of Jesus Christ. There are different ways we can prepare during Advent. The Church recommends prayer, attending Mass, going to Confession, going to Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and acts of charity and kindness to those in need.
Consider how you will prepare this Advent.