Advent & Christmas
Monday, 24 December 2018 12:40

Wishing you a Blessed Christmas

christmas18 150The Carmelites of Australia and Timor-Leste wish you and your family a very happy Christmas.

The One who came among us is still among us – Emanuel – a name which means ‘God is with us’.

Friday, 21 December 2018 16:34

Fourth Sunday of Advent: Receive!

fourthsundayadvent 150The Christmas feast grows ever near.

As always in Advent, the first reading proclaims the promise and the Gospel shows its fulfilment.

Today the first reading proclaims a Messiah, a shepherd-king, who will feed his flock with the strength and the majesty of God. He will bring security and peace to God’s people.

Saturday, 15 December 2018 15:55

Third Sunday of Advent: Rejoice!

thirdsundayadvent 150This Sunday marks the turning point in our Advent Prayer. Traditionally, the third Sunday of Advent is called Gaudete (rejoicing) Sunday. The rose-coloured vestments, candles and cloths strike a sharp note of joy in the midst of the Advent purple. Feelings of expectation and rejoicing dominate the prayers and readings of this part of Advent as we grow closer to celebrating the Christmas feast as a celebration of the enduring presence of Christ in us.

Friday, 07 December 2018 23:48

Second Sunday of Advent – Prepare!

secondsundayadvent 150The sense of preparation is very strong in our readings this weekend. The Gospel highlights the role of John the Baptist as the one who prepares the way for Jesus. It was John’s ministry of preaching and baptism which laid the foundation for Jesus’ ministry. The idea of repentance has less to do with feeling sorry for individual sins and more to do with turning around and facing in a new direction. John’s call to the people was to turn away from the old way of life and to turn towards God.

Friday, 30 November 2018 23:01

First Sunday of Advent – Stay Awake!

firstsundayadvent 150.pngThe great Advent journey begins. Once again we are struck by God’s astounding graciousness in sharing his life with us in the person of Jesus.

“The Advent readings form a rich tapestry of images centered on the truth that God has come among us.

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