Advent Retreats

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Welcome to our Advent Retreat page. You are welcome to use these resources in whichever way is most helpful to you.

Getting Started

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The retreat is divided into sections. You can use them over a day, over several days or weeks, by yourself or with others. This section has some useful tools to help you start your retreat. Here are some ideas for creating sacred space and for praying with scripture. They can be used individually or with others.

Seeds of light

Advent is a season of hope and promise at the darkest and coldest part of the year. Just as everything in nature seems to point towards hibernation, and even death Advent reminds us that new life is germinating beneath the frozen surfaces, and that what may seem dead is simply waiting to be enlivened by the coming of the Light into our lives. This part of the retreat is based one a hymn for the feast of St Lucy (13 December), a celebration of the light that shines in even the darkest places and times.

Prayer
God of love, who scatters seeds of light through the darkness of our lives open our hearts to your presence with us today. Let the light of your love fill us and transform our darkness. We make our prayer in Jesus name. Amen

Begin your retreat by watching the video. There are some questions to reflect on and a copy of the text below.

Where are you aware of living water singing beneath the surface of your life?
What is your hope for the coming of “life’s fullness” this Advent?
What would help to unseal your inward eye so that you recognise the coming of the Light who loved us first?

Consolation

In times of suffering and loss, when all hope seemed lost the prophet
Isaiah reminded the people that whatever they faced their God was with them. In desperate times he brought consolation and the hope of a new way of being.

Read Isaiah 40: 1-5
What are the areas where you most desire the consolation of the Lord? Where you aware of God speaking to your heart in the challenging events of this Advent?
In what ways do you feel called to prepare for the Lord’s coming into your life this Advent?
What gift would best help you to recognise the revelation of the Lord’s presence in your life?

Witness

John the Baptist is a central figure in Advent. He has a very clear idea of his role and who he is. So he has no difficulty in answering the questions put to him. He is a witness to the Messiah, not the Messiah. He is a witness to the light, not the light. He is a man of honesty and humility.

Read John 1: 6-8, 19-28
You can use the passage for Lectio Divina. There are some guidelines for Lectio Divina here:

Or you can use the questions below for your reflection:
Where are you being called to make a straight way for the Lord in your
life?
Where are you being called to be a witness to the light of Christ?
What is your hope for the coming of the Messiah?

End your retreat with a time of thanksgiving for the gifts and graces you have received.