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Mary visits Elizabeth

  We are now in the season of Advent and the beginning of the Church’s year.

Advent is a time of preparation and waiting for the “beloved son” of God, the chosen one that God said he would send us.  Your church might be dressed in the colour purple which is a symbol of waiting.  Who are we waiting for?  You might have an Advent Wreath in church which helps us along our journey towards Christmas.

  The Gospel readings from the four Sundays in Advent this year are from the book of Luke.  In these readings, Luke tells us that we must get ready for the coming of Jesus.  We should try to prepare our hearts so that Jesus can enter our lives.

John the Baptist

  In the second and third Sunday Gospels, Luke tells us of another person who was sent to prepare people for the coming of the Messiah.  This person was John the Baptist and he is the son of Elizabeth and Zechariah.  We hear about Elizabeth in the fourth Sunday Gospel, when Mary goes to visit her and spend some time with her (she was Mary’s cousin) before she gave birth to Jesus. 

  How are you getting ready in Advent to receive Jesus into your life?

I Wonder …

I wonder what you enjoy in Advent?

 

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I wonder what is important in Advent?

 

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I wonder what you can do to be ready to meet the Christ child at Christmas?

 

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Make your own Advent Candle

To make your own Advent candle, that is like the picture, you will need a tall brightly coloured candle.  On it mark 24 short lines from top to bottom.  Then, each day, light the candle and find a few minutes to spend with your family to say a few prayers as you journey through Advent.