December 03, 2019

Free New for 2019 Resources Available Online for Advent

As we do each year, we have compiled a list of new- for- Advent free online resources for your reading, listening, viewing, praying and reflection.

We will continue to add to this list and welcome your suggestions of worthwhile additions.

Suggestions to: the Editor


2019 Advent Series: Sisters of Mercy of the Americas.

Week 1: The Divine Hope of Our Advent God: Mary C. Sullivan rsm. In English; in Spanish

Week 2: Leading a Peacemaking Life: Marilyn Sunderman rsm. In English; in Spanish

Week 3: Inviting Us Into the Joy of Advent: Vilma Alayo rsm. In English; in Spanish

Week 4: Making the Leap into Love: Denise Colgan rsm. In English; in Spanish

Sundays in Advent Gospel Reflections: Veronica Lawson rsm

1st Sunday of Advent Year A 2nd Sunday of Advent Year A 3rd Sunday of Advent Year A 4th Sunday of Advent Year A

Advent Moments: Mercy Partners

Download the set here

New Beginnings, Advent Retreat 2019:  Pray-as-you-go 

Introduction: Thursday 28 November
Session 1 (John the Baptist): Monday 2 December 
Session 2 (Mary): Monday 9 December
Session 3 (Joseph): Monday 16 December
Session 4 (Jesus): Monday 23 December
Session 5 (The Wisemen): Monday 30 December
Conclusion: Thursday 2 January

Links are being added as the sessions become available

Seeing Art History Series -

First Sunday of Advent: Rembrandt van Rijn, The Annunciation 

Third Sunday of Advent: Rembrandt van Rijn, The Adoration of the Shepherds

Videos for remaining weeks of Advent will be added as they become available

Watch the video here

Advent 2019: In Praise of Light - Terri Mackenzie SHCJ,  Ecospirituality Resources

This four-session resource helps participants deepen their appreciation of the awesome gifts of L/light and energy, starting from light’s beginning and continuing into this season devoted to anticipating the Light of the World. Sunday Scripture excerpts are explored as well as Scripture quotes about Light. Groups consider
~ Creation’s Light
~ the Christ Light
~ Darkness in need of L/light (Shadow sides) and
~ Light within each person and all creation

Quotes from Laudato Si’ join quotes from saints and scientists.

Download this resource here

Pray as You Go Advent 2019: Pray as You Go

Advent Reflections: Catholic Health USA

Available in video, audio and print

Download the resources here

Advent Reflection Guide: Awake! Wonder, Welcome: Sisters, Associates and Companions of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas.

This 32 page reflection guide (PDF) includes links to the readings of the day and a few questions to ponder as you pray.

Download the Guide here

Songs from a Strange Land: Australian Advent Calendar: Anglican Board of Mission

Scripture readings, quotes, photographs, poems, cartoons and songs take you from Advent to Epiphany with a particular emphasis on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Christianity, the Australian landscape and Creation theology.

Download for iPhone and iPad Download for Android

Lead kindly light: St Columbans Mission Society.

The resource was inspired by the hymn ‘Lead kindly light’ by John Henry Cardinal Newman who wrote it after a life seeking on-going conversion.

In this Advent resource each Sunday focuses on a different topic

Download the resource here

Praying Advent: Creighton University

Access materials here

Advent Calendar for Adults: Loyola Press

Following a traditional Advent calendar format, the experience invites you to slow down this season and discover the quiet moments of Advent hope.

Advent Moments: Mercy Partners

Access the calendar here

Small Simple Ways to Open Mind, Heart and Spirit: An Online Advent Retreat from Loyola Press

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Advent 2019: A Companion: Anglican Church of Canada

Sign-up for a daily email in Advent with meditations from Archbishop Melissa Skelton and spiritual directors in the diocese of New Westminster.

Each day will include a selected image, hymn, or poem that evokes the actions of Advent: waiting, longing, anticipating, expecting, and preparing. The art is a means for awakening our imaginations to renew our journey through Advent once more.

Sign up here
For Schools

Advent Reflections: Resources for Secondary schools, an initiative of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales to support The Year of the Word, The God Who Speaks.  

Download the resources here

Advent Reflections: Resources for Primary Schools, Children’s Liturgy groups and at home, an initiative of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales to support The Year of the Word, The God Who Speaks.  

Download the resources here

CAFOD has produced a downloadable Advent calendar and resources for young people and also an Advent calendar for children.

The Archbishop of York Youth Trust has produced a powerpoint (including audio) 'Voices of Advent' which challenges young leaders to reflect on four characters from the Christmas Story and how they can inspire us to reach out to others this Advent.

To receive the powerpoint you need to sign up here

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