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Advent calendar 2023 - 5 December

Guacamaya holding up some artwork.

…with a little boy to lead them.

Isaiah 11:6

Isaiah’s striking vision of justice and peace directs our faith to a future in which those experiencing poverty will be protected and creation will be restored. The long-awaited Messiah will come not as warrior king, but as a child who will lead the people to a new beginning. 

Across our world today children are taking a lead in challenging us to find a better way of living together in our common home. Guacamaya* lives in the Colombian Amazon and is an enthusiastic member of a Children’s Council accompanied by FUNVIPAS, a local church organisation with whom we work. 

Guacamaya loves playing games, listening to music and travelling. He helps care for his home by protecting and planting trees, recycling and sharing the message with others. “The Amazon is our sister and we’re all God’s creation,” he says.

In this time of Advent, let’s listen to the voices of all those, young and old, who urge us to find a better way of living in harmony with nature and each other. “I ask everyone,” urges Pope Francis in his new exhortation Laudate Deum, “to accompany this pilgrimage of reconciliation with the world that is our home and to help make it more beautiful.” (LD#69

Advent prayer

God of new life,
May we recognise your Spirit
working through children and young people.
Help us to hear you through them
and to be led closer to you
and your vision of a world renewed.


If you have young children, try these prayer and activity ideas for Advent, or share them with others who might find them useful. 

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