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Advent A Family Celebration Prayers & Activities for Each Day

Advent A Family Celebration Prayers & Activities for Each Day

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Advent is the perfect season to begin praying as a family! Its wealth of traditions, such as the Advent wreath, the Advent calendar, and the Jesse tree, can be the perfect focal point for prayer. Advent: A Family Celebration will delight both children and adults with its ability to relate Scripture and prayer to real life events. Each day's meditation, designed to be said after the lighting of the Advent wreath, features a Scripture passage based on the Mass readings. A reflection and prayer then relates the Bible passage to a story or event. Two sets of meditations are written -- one for very young children and another for older ones. Prayers for all three Sunday cycles are also included. In addition, the book includes special Scripture passages and prayers to say each day while decorating the Jesse tree.
Advent Reflections: Meditations for a Holy Advent

Advent Reflections: Meditations for a Holy Advent

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Amidst the hustle and bustle of the secular pre-Christmas season, these Advent reflections invite you to slow down and reflect on the season's spiritual and liturgical themes. Shared over the years with grateful EWTN audiences by good priests and bishops from the United Kingdom and Ireland, they will help you do just that.

Covering the Sunday Advent readings and events leading up to the birth of Jesus, these meditations carry you back to Bethlehem but take you earlier as well: to ancient Israel, where prophets foretold the coming of the Messiah. For in Advent we look both backward and forward - but always toward that for which we are waiting: the Second Coming of Christ.

Let these holy bishops and priests take you on a refreshing spiritual journey through Advent, bring you the deeper reality of the season, cut through the secular distractions and anxieties, and deliver you to the Christ child.

Each Advent, you adorn your tree and home with sparkling ornaments

Amid the hustle and bustle of the secular pre-Christmas season, these Advent reflections invite you to slow down and reflect on the season's spiritual and liturgical themes. Shared over the years with grateful EWTN audiences by good priests and bishops, they will help you do just that.

Covering the Sunday Advent readings and events leading up to the birth of Jesus, these meditations carry you back to Bethlehem but take you earlier as well to ancient Israel, where prophets foretold the coming of the Messiah. For in Advent we look both backward and forward – but always toward that for which we are awaiting: the second coming of Christ.

Let these holy bishops and priests take you on a refreshing spiritual journey through Advent and bring you to the deeper reality of the season, cutting through the secular distractions and anxieties, and deliver you to the Christ Child.

Each Advent, you adorn your tree and home with sparkling ornaments – this year, with the help of these Advent Reflections, adorn your spirit with the Word of God!

Advent with Our Lady of Fatima

Advent with Our Lady of Fatima

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Spend this Advent with Our Lady of Fatimaand with six saintly souls who were particularly devoted to her: St. Teresa of Calcutta, St. John Paul II, Fr. Andrew Apostoli, and the Three Shepherd Children to whom Mary appeared in 1917!

In these spiritually-rich pages, award-winning Catholic author Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle brings you powerful prayers and readings guaranteed to shield you from the annual holiday sales frenzy that, during the holy season of Advent, distracts even sincere believers from preparation for the coming of the Christ Child.

These wise pages are sure to draw you closer to Our Lady of Fatima and her gracious messages of peace and hope. For these Advent prayers and readings are all rooted in Mary's 1917 messages to Jacinta, Francisco, and Lucia (the three young Fatima visionaries); and in the personal Fatima devotions of three of our holy contemporar

All Creation Waits

All Creation Waits

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"Beautiful, beckoning, and brimming with hope and promise, wonder and love!" --Sy Montgomery, New York Times bestselling author of How to Be a Good Creature

From bestselling author Gayle Boss, a stunningly illustrated picture book edition of her beloved Advent book, All Creation Waits. Now young readers too will be caught up in the wonder of 24 woodland animals adapting to the season of dark and cold.

Each day of Advent a different animal shows children its own amazing way to meet the dark and cold. Wood Frog freezes into a frog-shaped cube of ice! For six months Painted Turtle doesn't breathe! Woodchuck can't be wakened, even if shaken! With each creature, children hear the refrain: The dark is not an end. It's a door. It's the way a new beginning comes.

Here is the ancient truth of Advent enacted in the lives of 24 common woodland animals and culminating in the birth of the Human One who perfectly lived that truth.

Children open the book's double-page spreads as they would the doors on an Advent calendar--one, and only one, each day. "Animal wonderment" reflection questions at the back of the book help children stay with just one animal, one page spread, each day. In an often chaotic "holiday season," children learn to slow down and wait with all creation.

Written in lilting poetic lines, children ages 5 to 10 will delight in the sounds of the words as well as the vivid descriptions of animals' winter lives. They'll learn the elegant intricacies of creatures as small as honeybees, as large as black bears.

Original watercolor paintings by award-winning artist Sharon Spitz convey the radiance of each creature.

With this beautiful picture book, adults and families who have loved the original edition of All Creation Waits can now welcome younger children into the practice of reflective waiting-with-creation through Advent. Perfect for grounding young ones in the wonder of wild things.

Learn more about All Creation Waits--Children's Edition and find free resources at AllCreationWaits.com

An Advent Book of Days

An Advent Book of Days

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A Book of Days to nurture and inspire your soul this Advent

From December 1 to December 25, Gregory Kenneth Cameron invites you to partake in a daily feast for the eyes and the spirit. Rich reflections draw upon scriptures, history, and legend about the character of the day - Gabriel, the Virgin Mary, the Star, the Magi, and of course the Christ Child, paired with gorgeous illustrations from the author, adapted from famous works of art. Step into the tradition of visio divina inspired by the medieval tradition of the illuminated book of hours, and celebrate the many aspects and persons of the Christmas story through the centuries.

"It is my hope that these reflections, whenever they are read, will help us to discover new depths in the Christmas story, to deepen our faith, and perhaps even to learn something new or unexpected; because over two thousand years, the story of Christmas has become filled with unexpected delights arising from Scripture, history, legend and faith." --Gregory Kenneth Cameron

Catholic Family Advent Prayers and Activities

Catholic Family Advent Prayers and Activities

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For many families, the four weeks leading up to Christmas can be a time of great stress, unrealized dreams, a commercial blur, and a financial burden. Susan Hines-Brigger, the mother of four children, knows well that the days counting down to Christmas can easily become for parents and grandparents a nightmare of whiny behavior, crowded to-do lists, and a less-than-spiritual experience. That's why this mother who has seen and heard it all in her own home during Advent created this resource with prayers and activities: She wants to put Christ back into the family holiday celebration and help families--even hers--become holier. Using A Catholic Family Advent on a daily basis will give Catholic families time together to pray, reflect on Scripture, and do a simple activity together. This daily source of inspiration can be used in the family setting as prayer before or after meals, as morning and evening prayer, or as family time in front of the Advent wreath or Christmas crèche.
Celebrating Advent with the Jesse Tree

Celebrating Advent with the Jesse Tree

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One of 101 titles in the St. Joseph Picture Book Series, this book by popular author Rev. Jude Winkler, OFM. Conv. helps children understand this season of preparation for the birth of Jesus. In simple and understandable terms, this title links several Old Testament stories plus the story of John the Baptist to the eventual coming of the Messiah. Among the features of this book are:

  • vibrant full-color illustrations
  • durable sewn paperback binding
  • Topics and Biblical figures covered in this title include:
  • Preparing for Christmas
  • The Jesse Tree
  • God Creates Adam and Eve
  • The Promise of a Savior
  • Noah and the Flood
  • Abraham and Sarah
  • The Sons of Jacob
  • Moses the Liberator
  • Your God Will Be My God (Naomi and Ruth)
  • David, the Son of Jesse
  • A House for David (The Ark of the Covenant, the Temple, and the City of Jerusalem)
  • Emmanuel (Isaiah's prophecy for the Messiah)
  • Little Town of Bethlehem (Micah's Prophecy)
  • A New Jerusalem (Prophecy during the Exile)
  • John the Baptist
  • We invite you to view other titles in this series here: https: //catholicbookpublishing.com/browse/st-joseph-picture-books

    Is It Christmas Yet? Making Advent Fun and Meaningful for Your Family

    Is It Christmas Yet? Making Advent Fun and Meaningful for Your Family

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    Bring your family together during a season that is often too busy, and draw your children closer to Jesus by sharing the meaning of Advent and Christmas. Beloved children's author Angela Burrin invites you to do just that. With conversation starters, inspiring reflections, short prayers, and ideas for activities and service projects, this booklet will leave your family filled with hope this Advent and ready to welcome the long-awaited king on Christmas Day.

    Joy to the World Advent Activites for Your Family

    Joy to the World Advent Activites for Your Family

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    Here's a treasure trove of exciting ideas that will enable your family to focus anew on preparing for the holy time of Advent and Christmas! With a fresh, lively set of suggestions that will attract young and old alike, Joy to the World will help lay the foundation for long-lasting family memories.

    Joy to the World takes a three-pronged approach to the season:

    The Advent calendar, where daily activities are organized into four categories of Service, Spiritual Growth, "Homebody," and Pure Fun

    The Evening Ritual, incorporating the Advent wreath and the Jesse tree, and featuring simplified Scriptures that young children can readily understand

    The "Good Deeds Manger," which puts the family's focus on preparing their hearts for the coming of Christ

    Light for the World-A Catholic Kids Guide to Advent and Christmas

    Light for the World-A Catholic Kids Guide to Advent and Christmas

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    This Advent, help your entire family prepare for the birth of Jesus with Light for the World: A Catholic Kid's Guide for Advent and Christmas. Written and illustrated for your entire family, this softcover book explains Catholic traditions and feast days that we celebrate throughout the seasons of Advent and Christmas. Light for the World is just what your family needs to truly know and appreciate the "Reason for the Season".

    Pages: 54

    Rejoice - Advent Meditations with Mary

    Rejoice - Advent Meditations with Mary

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    This Advent, don’t get caught up in the busyness. Don’t get lost in the anxiety of preparing for a day. Joyfully anticipate the coming of the person of Jesus through an encounter with his Most Blessed Mother.

    Imagine having an Advent that is more peaceful, more joyful, and more meaningful than ever before.

    The Rejoice! Advent Meditations with Mary Journal not only lets you walk beside Mary during the first Advent, but also lets you get to know her in a way you haven’t before.

    Rejoice! offers more than insights and information about Mary’s life—it offers an opportunity for you to encounter Mary in the quiet of your heart.

    Each day, in a few short pages, Fr. Toups provides you with aids to help guide your prayer:

    • A word - Focus on a single word each day to draw out the details, the specifics of who Our Lady is.
    • A reflection - Learn more about Mary, the culture in which she was raised, and the world in which she lived.
    • A Psalm - Each day, you’re given a Psalm to pray (just as Mary herself would have prayed) to help you enter into prayer.
    • A reading - In reading Scripture, you find the Word of God, bringing you closer to Mary, who carried the Word in her body.
    • A prompt - Space is provided each day to journal. Record how the Lord is speaking to you this Advent.
    Features:
    • paperback
    • 102 pages
    • full-color original artwork
    • matte lamination cover