Advent: Making the most of the journey to Christmas

Posted: December 8, 2010 in Advent and Christmas
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December comes and we can be busy worrying about what to buy for whom, battling crowds in shopping centres and high streets, attending rehersals for choir or plays, going to Christmas parties, stressing over travel plans aadvent candlend poor weather conditions… we may forget the meaning of Christmas before we even get there!

There is significant spiritual importance in the weeks leading up to Christmas- its a time to prepare ourselves for Jesus coming into the world. Taking time to do this can ensure we are not physically and mentally exhausted by Christmas Eve, but spiritually ready to welcome the Saviour into the world.

Here are some ideas:

  • Light an advent candle. Focus on the flame and meditate on the coming of the light of the world as the candle burns down little by little, day by day.
  • Buy a “Walk with me”, “Magnificat” or similar monthly booklet to help guide you in your advent preparation. Set aside time each day for reading and prayer.
  • Wear something purple every day to remind you its the season of advent. Purple is the colour of royalty, and also the colour of suffering in Lent. Wearing purple reminds us that he came into the world and suffered on the cross for our salvation.
  • Advent is a time of waiting. Pray for patience as you go about your day-to-day life.
  • Christmas is the beginning of the liturgical year. Go to confession, get rid of grudges you bear and begin the new year absolved from your sins.
  • Attend an Advent retreat day in your parish.
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