Because of social distancing guidelines and the limits of our dining room and Chapel, we have decided to hold our Advent Days of Prayer virtually. They will take place on December 3, 10, and 17. Br. Bob Roddy will present the first Advent Day of Prayer and Kathy Berken will present the following two Advent Days.
The theme for each of these days will be the Readings for the upcoming Sundays of Advent.
December 10 (Kathy Berken) Isaiah 61:1-2a;10-11; 1Thess. 5:16-24; John 1:6-8;19-28
Dec 10, 2020 10:00 AM Central Time
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December 17 (Kathy Berken) 2 Samuel 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16; Romans 16:25-27; Luke 1:26-38
Dec 17, 2020 10:00 AM Central Time
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Advent DOP 2020 Dec 17 study items:
Gospel Readings used:
Luke 1:5-25 and Luke 1:26-38
Hail Mary, Gentle Woman – video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OUey6ytEXqY&ab_channel=Sunday7pmChoir%7CCatholic%26ChristianChoralMusic
Irish Blessing – video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TascsWZPj8U&t=2s&ab_channel=TheIrishBlessing2020
Advent God, we journey with you, to Bethlehem’s stable and a new-born King, ears attuned to the song of angels, eyes alert for Bethlehem’s star. Forgive us if on our journey if we are distracted by the tempting offers of this world. Keep our hearts aflame with the hope of Christmas, and the promise of a Savior. Amen
Upon Blessing others:
Who do we bless?
What is the blessing?
When do we bless?
Where do we bless?
Why do we bless?
Did you ever rejoice in someone’s news the way Elizabeth did when she saw Mary?
Did you ever decide to just say “yes” on faith alone? How did you feel about your “fiat”?
Have you ever doubted that the message you heard was from God?
In what ways could you be like Zechariah, Mary, or Elizabeth?
Reflect on Discipleship, Faith, Blessing, Joy, Doubt, in terms of today’s readings.
Luke’s Gospel Written for Us, By Joan Mitchell, CSJ
“The Discipleship of Mary,” by Richard Rohr, OFM
Circle of Grace: A Book of Blessings for the Seasons, by Jan Richardson
The Days of Prayer will be streamed via Zoom, with the following schedule:
10:00 Opening with short prayer followed by presentation
11:00 Stations of the Cross
11:45 Livestreamed Mass from the Retreat Center Chapel.
Epiphany Solemn Blessing
God has called you out of darkness, into his wonderful light. May you experience his kindness and blessings, and be strong in faith, in hope, and in love. because you are followers of Christ, who appeared on this day as a light shining in darkness, may he make you a light to all your sisters and brothers.
The wise men followed the star, and found Christ who is light from light. May you too find the Lord when your pilgrimage is ended. – Author Unknown