Advent should not be viewed as simply a warm up period for the Christmas festivities; but a time of prayerful preparation for the Advent (coming) of Christ. The Liturgy and traditions of the Church remind us that we are not only thinking of the historical event of our Lord’s birth in Bethlehem, but also of his future coming in glory and most urgently his desire to be born in our hearts now.

So Advent is concerned with Our Lord’s coming in the past (in the flesh and in weakness), in the future (in power and glory) and in the present (in spirit and mystery).

During Advent we spiritually re-live the hopes and expectations of the Old Testament; awaiting the coming Messiah. Many of the ancient prayers of the season start with the invocation “Excita Domine!” literally “Stir up O Lord”; they are an alarm call to awaken us from the sleep of apathy and indifference; a summons to reform and to focus our lives. Advent is a time then of prayer and penance to help us welcome Christ who desires to be born in our hearts. One text from St Paul’s Letter to the Romans constantly resounds through Advent (Romans 13:11-12):

“It is now the hour for you to rise from sleep… the night is far advanced; the day draws near. Let us cast off the deeds of darkness and put on the amour of light.”

Three heralds lead us through Advent: the Prophet Isaiah, St John the Baptist and Our Lady; ask them to be your guides, to help you respond to the Lord’s call as they did.


Please call into the Church Repository (shop)
for a selection of publications including
"Walk with Me" & "Day by Day"
to aid a prayerful advent!


Below are some more resources that may also help you in your Advent preparation.








Over the weeks of Advent the Archdiocese of Southwark's Stewardship Team,
in collaboration with the diocesan Spirituality Commission,
will send daily reflections featuring thoughts, Scripture and prayer.
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Magnificat Advent Companion 2019 (PAID)

Apps for Android, iOS, Kindle etc...(Click the logo above)

A companion to take you through Advent! (they have others for the rest of the year too.)

Presented in a day-by-day format, the Advent Companion Apps contain:

  • LITURGY – daily Mass, prayers and Scripture readings
  • PRAYERS – a cycle of prayers for morning, evening and night inspired by the Liturgy of the Hours
  • MEDITATION – daily original meditations on the Gospel reading by eighteen gifted authors

Each issue of the Advent Companion is never the same as the last and contains these one-of-a-kind extras that you won’t find anywhere else:

  • a variety of beautiful blessings and essays
  • an Advent Penance Service
  • specially-commissioned poetry
  • a unique feature: the Advent Stations




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