Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Séamus Cunningham


'Gaudete et Exsultate', Rejoice and be Glad

Earlier this year, Pope Francis published an encyclical called Gaudete et Exsultate. It is pronounced Gow-day-tay ett egg-zul-tah-tay and means Rejoice and Be Glad. This is also the theme for much of Advent as we remember God’s love for humanity and his promise to send someone who would embody his love and mercy into the world. Over the course of Advent, we will hear all of these extracts as we, hopefully, build up a sense of joyful anticipation as we recall the coming of the Son of God into the world.

As in previous years, the full Advent resources are available on a CD from the Department for Spirituality as this document details. In summary, they include:

  • Gaudete et Exsultate - leaders’ notes, participants’ leaflet and a PowerPoint
  • Daily Reflections booklets - the texts of the daily emails
  • Blue Christmas Services - for people who will find Christmas difficult
  • Prayer Stations - for use in the church, school and prayer sessions
  • Advent 2015 - the last Year C Advent resources

Notes to resources:

The Advent 2015 resources are available on CD by request from the Department of Spirituality:
tel: 0191 243 3302 or email:

Files greater than 1mb are noted

If you would like further ideas on how to use the resources, please do not hesitate to contact the Department.

Wishing you a blessed Advent.

Gaudete et Exsultate

Gaudete et Exsultate - Leaders (pdf - word)
Gaudete et Exsultate - Participants (pdf - word)
Gaudete et Exsultate - Presentation (powerpoint)

Daily Reflections booklets

Week 1 - pdf
Week 2 - pdf
Week 3 - pdf
Week 4 - pdf
O Antiphons booklet -pdf

Blue Christmas Services

Cloth for the Cradle - Leaders (word, pdf)
Cloth for the Cradle - Participants (word, pdf)
Kindling Lights of Hope - Leaders (word, pdf)
Kindling Lights of Hope - Participants (word, pdf)
Palm of God's Hand - Leaders (word, pdf)
Palm of God's Hand - Participants (word, pdf)

Prayer Stations

Joy in the detail - pdf, pub
Palm of God's hand - pdf, pub
Sharing the joy - pdf, pub

Hands (cut-outs) - pdf, pub