Advent Days of Prayer November and December
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“Exploring Advent: Message and Symbols”
Advent Days of Prayer provide you with an opportunity to enter into a time of holy prayer, reflection, and action. Give yourself the gift of some reflective time during this holy Advent season. Participants need only bring their lunch for the day and any reading material that they would like to have with them. There will be input by the presenter, a guided prayer experience, and ample free time for personal prayer and reflection. There will be an opportunity for Confession, as well as Stations of the Cross and the Liturgy of the Day. These day retreats are not sequential; one may attend all of these days or the day that best fits into one’s schedule.
Nov 30: Preparation and Waiting presented by Kathy Berken
Dec 7: Symbols of the Advent Wreath presented by Jayne Krim
Dec 14: The Nativity Scene presented by Debbie Koop (attendees are invited to bring a figure from their manger set to be blessed)
9:00 arrival, coffee, tea
9:45 Welcome, Opening Prayer and Conference
10:30 Confessions and Spiritual Direction
11:30 Guided Prayer Experience
12:00 Brown-bag lunch (bring your own)
1:00 Advent Station of the Cross
The suggested offering for the day is $20.00.
St. Andrew Christmas Novena
Hail and blessed be the hour and moment in which the Son of God was born Of the most pure Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem, in the piercing cold. In that hour vouchsafe, I beseech Thee, O my God, to hear my prayer and grant my desires through the merits of Our Savior Jesus Christ, and of His blessed Mother.
It is piously believed that whoever recites the St. Andrew Christmas novena prayer FIFTEEN times each day from the feast of St. Andrew (November 30th) until Christmas Eve will obtain the favor requested. ascensionpress.com
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
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