“Advent is here. What a marvelous time in which to renew your desire, your nostalgia, your real longing for Christ to come – for him to come every day to your soul in the Eucharist. The Church encourages us: Ecce veniet! – He is about to arrive!”St. Josemaria Escriva
A Jesse Tree represents the linage of Jesus Christ. Each day there is a scripture passage that relates to God’s people and a corresponding ornament to be placed on a tree, the Jesse Tree.
Waiting for Christ
This year, our parishes have purchased “Waiting for Christ: Mediations for Advent and Christmas” put out by the Augustine Institute.
It is a complication of homily excerpts from St. John Henry Newman and can be used time and time again! It is available in the back of our parishes.
In these reflections, popular author and speaker Fr. John Burns will help you reclaim the sacred sense of longing and joyful hope at the heart of Advent, focusing on a new theme each week—vigilance, preparation, nearness, and Emmanuel—that you can relate to your own life.
These guided meditation videos will help you ponder what was in Mary and Joseph’s hearts and minds as they awaited the birth of Jesus—and you will be invited to reflect on and deepen your own relationships with others. Rejoice! will help you open your heart to the peace and joy of the Holy Family as you prepare for the coming of Jesus this Christmas.
What are we celebrating? Why is everything still so messed up? What impact does this have on my life today? How should I respond?
More Advent Resources
– Advent Opportunities around the St. Cloud Diocese
– Advent’s Liturgy of Love put out by the Diocese of St. Cloud’s Eucharistic Revival Team
– Advent Inspirations by Fr. Rocky from Relevant Radio
– USCCB Advent Resources
– Best Christmas Ever daily reflections by Matthew Kelly
– FORMED Advent Resources
– Daily Calendar of Scripture Readings for Advent
– How to Celebrate Feast Days and Solemnities in the Advent and Christmas Seasons