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Welcome to this year’s Advent retreat. Any retreat offers a chance to take one step back from the pressing concerns of everyday life, to reflect prayerfully on the current state of your relationships, with God, with the people around you, and with the world in which you live. This season of Advent, during which the Church prepares itself to celebrate the coming of Christ at Christmas, is a great opportunity to make a retreat of this kind.

 

To help and guide our prayer this year, we are taking a list of the ancestors of Jesus recorded at the start of St Matthew’s gospel. As you pray with the material presented here, we hope that you will grow more aware of God at work, preparing through centuries for the birth of his Son. We also hope that, at the same time, you’ll come to a deepened awareness of God at work in your own life.

Introduction

The introduction to our Advent and Christmas retreat All the Generations introduces you to the text and gives some practical hints and tips for undertaking an online retreat.

 

Session 1 - Abraham and Isaac

The first session of our Advent and Christmas retreat All the Generations explores the story of the first names in the genealogy narrative; Abraham and Isaac.

 

Session 2 -Boaz and Ruth

The second session of our Advent and Christmas retreat All the Generations explores the story of the great grandparents of King David - Ruth and Boaz.

Session 3 - David and Solomon

The third session of our Advent and Christmas retreat All the Generations explores the story of the greatest Kings of Israel - David and Solomon.

Session 4 - Exile

The fourth session of our Advent and Christmas retreat All the Generations explores the story of the Exile of the people of God to Babylon.

Session 5 - Elizabeth and Zechariah

The fifth session of our Advent and Christmas retreat All the Generations explores the story of Elizabeth, Zechariah and the birth of John the Baptist.

Session 6 - Mary and Joseph

The sixth and final session of our Advent and Christmas retreat All the Generations explores the story of Mary and Joseph, and the birth of Jesus

Conclusion

The conclusion of our Advent and Christmas retreat All the Generations helps you see what graces you have received from the retreat, and where you can go forward over the coming weeks and months.

 

 

Feedback >>>

If you have any feedback on these reflections that you'd like us to consider when we plan our next retreat or other reflections, please email us.




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Music

Introduction

Maranatha by Keith Duke, from Sacred Weave. Copyright © Kevin Mayhew. Used with Permission.

Cadfan's Blessing by Keith Duke, from Sacred Celtic Collection. Copyright © Kevin Mayhew. Used with Permission.

Session 1

Breath of Love from Enchanted Wind by Suzanne Teng. Used under Creative Commons License via Magnatune.

Session 2

Draw me close from Ivory Worship by Steve Sensenig.  Copyright © Steve Sensenig. Used with Permission.

Session 3

Interludio Presence from Il giorno del Signore by Communita di Bose.  Copyright © Communita di Bose. Used with Permission.

Session 4

Lachrimae Pavana from John Dowland: Lute Songs and Lute Muisc by Francesca Torelli. Used under Creative Commons License via Magnatune.