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Advent resources for 2016

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advent wreath caritasLooking for advent resources? Here are a few helpful reflections, prayers and activities from the perspective of ecology, art, families and social justice.

Ecospirituality Resources offers advent reflections placed within the Universe Story and of God's mystery that lives and acts within us and all creation. Entitled "In Praise of Light", this four-session resource aims to help participants deepen their appreciation of the gifts of light and energy, starting from their creation and continuing into this season devoted to anticipating the Light of the World. Sunday Scripture readings are explored as well as Scripture quotes about Light. Quotes from Laudato Si' join quotes from saints and scientists.

Download "In Praise of Light."

The Columbans offer the Advent resource, entitled "Whispers of God" - an aid to teaching and preaching. It helps us search for God’s presence just like people over millennia have learnt from nature, sought wisdom and pursued goodness.

Download "Whispers of God" here.

Caritas Australia offers different resources for use in primary schools, children's liturgy, high schools, young adults and the parish community.

Download Caritas Australia's Advent 2016 resources here. offers video commentary inspired by the Sunday Scriptures of Advent for 2016. Watch these weekly videos to take a new look at this season of preparation through the lens of sacred art. There are also other video reflections on the site or you can sign up to receive "Sacred Advent" everyday for step-by-step way of praying with a Scripture reading and related points of reflection.

Watch the weekly videos or sign up for Sacred Advent at

If you are looking for Advent (and Christmas) resources for children, such as plays/pageants, games, crafts, etc, the national children’s ministry of the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa NZ has a website, Kids Friendly. Through their resources, the organisation aims to equip and inspire churches to intentionally minister to and with children and families in their communities.

Visit the Kids Friendly Advent Resources 2016 page. 

 (Featured image from Caritas Australia's Advent 2016 page)