Preparing for Christ, Advent Cycle A Study Binder, for December 2016

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The four weeks leading up to Christmas mark the beginning of the Western Church's liturgical year. The Church stresses that Advent is a time of reflection, meditation and preparation. This study will follow the Catholic Scripture Study format but will concentrate on the Sunday lectionary readings and incorporate the ancient method of Lectio Divina (praying the scriptures). To prepare each participant will read the Sunday readings along with the "Points to Ponder" commentary, answer the study questions and "pray the scriptures". During Advent we should be focused on preparing ourselves for the coming of Christ. Are we ready for the King? Are our hearts ready to receive our Savior? Author: Cindy Morales Please note this study follows the Church's Liturgical Calendar Please make certain you know the correct cycle for any given year. Individual student book (answers included separately but does not include DVD)

Suggested Responses are included separately

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Preparing for Christ, Advent Cycle A Study Binder, for December 2016

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Advent Cycle A: Preparing for Christ – November 2016

4 Week Personal or Group Study with Fr. Mitch Pacwa

(Cycle A begins November 27, 2016) 

Join us this Advent as we take 4 weeks to prepare ourselves for the coming of Christ! Are we ready for the King? Are our hearts ready to receive our Savior? The four weeks leading up to Christmas mark the beginning of the Western Church's liturgical year. Advent is our time for reflection, meditation and preparation. 

This year the Sunday gospel readings at Mass come from the Gospel of Matthew.  Our engagement with this gospel, woven with other parts of Scripture, like Isaiah, Romans, and James creates a beautiful tapestry of prepared anticipation for the Christ Child coming to the world and into our hearts.

This study follows the Catholic Scripture Study format but concentrates on the Sunday lectionary readings and incorporates the ancient method of Lectio Divina (praying the scriptures). Lectio Divina is a powerful way to ‘hear’ God speaking to us personally through scripture.

To prepare, each participant reads the Sunday readings along with the "Points to Ponder" commentary, answers the Study Questions & Questions for Reflection and "prays the scriptures".

Our four lesson topics are:

  1. “Wake Up! Get Ready!”
  2. The King and His Kingdom
  3. Rejoice in the Lord!
  4. The Incarnate Word

Added elements: Catechism ConnectionsRome to Home and Voices of the Saints.

Individual Study Guide (answers included separately)
Author: Cindy Morales
Presenter: Fr. Mitch Pacwa