Nov 22, 2017

Advent Scripture Resources

Three resources that you, individually or as a group; might find helpful this Advent as you reflect on the Sunday Gospels are:


Hearing, Happening, Hoping is a resource based on the Gospel readings for each Sunday during Advent.

It aims to help us to listen more deeply to the Sunday Gospel and reflect on where we see this Gospel happening in our lives and in the world around us. It is a very simple and easy-to-use method which can be led by anyone and invites people to share from their own experiences. There is a one page handout for each Sunday to guide a group through this way of reading the Scriptures. Each session ends with a time for prayer and looking forward in hope.

This is an ideal resource to use in your parish community with scripture groups, lectio groups, those who have completed the weeks of guided prayer, PPCs, etc. Or people could simply gather in a small group to use this resource to share on God’s Word. Some parishes have decided to make them available for people to take home with them after Mass by leaving them at the back of the Church or including them with the Sunday newsletter.

Whatever way you decide to use them we hope that they will help you to attend to the Word of God more deeply during Advent. With every good wish for your Advent initiatives: Jane Mellett (Dublin) Sr. Marie McNamara & Maureen Kelly (Killaloe), Seamus O’ Connell & Jessie Rogers (Maynooth), Philip Carder (Armagh). If you have any queries please get in touch: & we would love to hear your feedback. There is included in this year’s resource a one page reflection for group leaders.

Please click on these links to download the resources - there will be two further leaflets, one for the fourth Sunday and one for Christmas Eve (Vigil Mass text Luke 2).