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Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Robert Byrne CO

Prayer – Advent Resources

Introduction

Advent is when the Church re-sets the calendar of our remembering and celebrating the saving work of Christ. This Advent is more challenging due to the pandemic. A set of resources have been created by Clergy and Laity from across the Diocese and are offered as a life-buoy, remedy and prayer book for the days ahead. It is hoped that you may be able to print these resources out for those who do not have access to the internet.

These resources will include (click on links to view to each section):

Daily video prayer reflections compiled by the Youth Ministry Team and entitled ‘Wait-A-Minute, it's Advent’.

Weekly Advent packs include daily reflections on the readings alongside themed quotes from the Bible and Saints and an element of creativity for people stuck indoors. They will run through Advent and the Christmas Octave.

Weekly Advent videos entitled, ‘Advent in a Pandemic!’ These four short Advent reflections by David Wells are written with this year of disruption and fatigue in mind.

Additional Advent resources that signposts people to the many rich resources that are available online for Advent this year.

Advent Prayer Groups offering you access to a sharing site that includes resources available online such as poetry, prayers and liturgies and also contains some training documents and safeguarding documents for leading prayer groups via zoom.

Diocesan Church Music Association (DCMA) have also produced a compilation of suggestions for suitable music for each of the Sundays of Advent.


Weekly Advent Packs

Week 1 – Advent reflections (pdf).

Week 2 – Advent reflections (pdf).

Week 3 – Advent reflections (pdf).

Week 4 – Advent reflections (pdf).


Pat Kennedy MPS has shared a Reflection (‘The Magi – A Reflection for the Epiphany’), which you can read here.

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Weekly Advent Reflections from David Wells

Weekly Advent videos entitled, ‘Advent in a Pandemic!’ These four short Advent reflections by David Wells are written with this year of disruption and fatigue in mind.

All the videos are available for playback from the day and can be found through our YouTube playlist.


Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

Week 4

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Advent Calendar – Video Reflections:

In association with the Youth Ministry Team we are sharing daily advent video reflections. The 'Wait-A-Minute, it's Advent' reflections will hopefully help us prepare for this coming season!

Videos will be published daily at 7.00am. All the videos are available for playback from the day and can be found through our YouTube playlist.


Advent Video Reflections – week four

Sunday 20 December 2020

Monday 21 December 2020

Tuesday 22 December 2020

Wednesday 23 December 2020

Thursday 24 December 2020

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Advent Video Reflections – week three

Sunday 13 December 2020

Monday 14 December 2020

Tuesday 15 December 2020

Wednesday 16 December 2020

Thursday 17 December 2020

Friday 18 December 2020

Saturday 19 December 2020

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Advent Video Reflections – week two

Sunday 6 December 2020

Monday 7 December 2020

Tuesday 8 December 2020

Wednesday 9 December 2020

Thursday 10 December 2020

Friday 11 December 2020

Saturday 12 December 2020

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Advent Video Reflections – week one

Sunday 29 November 2020

Monday 30 November 2020

Tuesday 1 December 2020

Wednesday 2 December 2020

Thursday 3 December 2020

Friday 4 December 2020

Saturday 5 December 2020

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Additional Advent Resources

Click here to find out some very useful links to a selection of Advent Resources from external providers such as Pray As You Go, OneLife Music, CJM Music, CAFOD and more.

NB. The Diocese is not responsible for the content of external websites.


Octave of the Nativity of the Lord:

Bishop Peter Brignall (Diocese of Wrexham) has created ‘At the Manger: Family Crib Services for the Eight Day of Christmas’ a short family service for each day of the Octave of the Nativity of the Lord, beginning on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day with a blessing of the crib. You can read more about this on the God Who Speaks website.


The Anointing Fire Catholic Youth Ministries group have prepared a series of Daily Advent reflections for children on YouTube, titled ‘Little Evangelist’. You can watch them here.

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Advent Prayer Groups

This is a sharing site that includes a folder of resources available online. It consists of poetry, prayers and liturgies that have been shared by experienced members of our Diocesan community. It also contains some training documents and safe-guarding documents for leading prayer groups via Zoom (NB. A Microsoft account is required and can be created online here.

Once you have created a Microsoft account, you will need to register for access to these resources and can sign–up here by completing the registration form.

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Diocesan Church Music Association (DCMA)

DCMA thought that you might appreciate some suggestions for suitable music for the Sundays of Advent. So they have searched the numerous online sources for you and produced a compilation for you. Click on the following links to access each week's suggestions:

Advent week 1 (pdf)

Advent week 2 (pdf)

Advent week 3 (pdf)

Advent week 4 (pdf)

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