Live with hope this Advent

27 November 2017

Votive candles flicker in Buckfast Abbey, Plymouth diocese.

An offering of candles in Buckfast Abbey, Plymouth diocese.

The Lord comes that we might find him in this world of ours.

Laudato Si’ #236

Advent brings us closer to Christ who is with us. We wait with joy for the Lord, the hope of the world.

Today, millions of refugees are fleeing war, natural disaster, poverty or persecution in search for a better life.

We are called to stand alongside our sisters and brothers in solidarity, sharing our hope for a world transformed.  

Share the gift of hope this Advent

Here are five things you can do this Advent to let hope flourish:

1)      Follow our Advent calendar

Take time to read our Advent calendar with daily reflections based on Scripture and the experiences of people living in poverty. We have also created a primary school Advent calendar and an Advent resources for young people.

2)      Hold an Advent service

This Advent service invites you to reflect on how we can welcome Christ into our lives, and to pray for our sisters and brothers who are seeking refuge. Feel free to adapt it for your parish or community. 

3)      Enjoy a Divine Advent

Order a beautiful Fairtrade chocolate Advent calendar. Each day includes a heavenly milk chocolate heart. Enjoy these delicious treats as you count down to Christmas.

4)      Give a gift of hope

Share the light of hope this Advent. Amar and her children fled Syria with just the clothes on their backs. Through the Help a refugee child World Gift, you can help Amar and her children rebuild their lives.

5)      Pray with our global family

Download Advent prayers to say in solidarity with our sisters and brothers, that our world may be transformed to reflect the kingdom of God.  

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