In these extraordinary times when we cannot gather for Mass, we would encourage you to download from and print out this prayer booklet for use at home. Click on this link.
Perhaps consider printing off some copies to pass on to people who may not have internet access.
While you can pray this at any time, a good time to do so would be at the time Mass is normally celebrated in your local parish.
This prayer booklet has been prepared by the Diocese of Clonfert and the Diocese of Elphin specifically for this time we find ourselves in. We are very grateful to them for allowing us to share it.
We continue to keep each other in prayer during this time. Please remember to take care of yourself, your family and loved ones and follow the advice of the HSE.
Many people do not like having to wait. At times we can grow impatient if we have to wait in a queue of traffic or in a shop or if someone that we have an appointment with is late or whatever. We like things to happen now.
Advent is a time of waiting and preparation. We are waiting and preparing to celebrate the great and wonderful Feast of Christmas. While all around us the Christmas trees and decorations are appearing and the Christmas music is ringing in our ears we are invited to focus on the true meaning of the Feast. While we all have to live in and engage with the real world we should not allow the commercialism take over completely.
In the midst of the shopping, the cards, the gifts and the visits to Santa let us pause and reflect on the presence of Christ in our lives. If Christ had not been born we would not have Christmas. We need to ensure that we do not have Christmas without Christ.
As we journey through Advent let us commit to doing something each day that reminds us of Christ and his unfailing love.
Perhaps we might take a little time out from the hustle and bustle and ask ourselves
What part will Christ play in our preparation for Christmas?
Loving God, Bless our families and our homes this Advent season.
Strengthen our faith and hope in your unfailing love for us.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.