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Advent of Hope, Peace, Joy, Love

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Follow the Way of Mary and Her family towards Christ the King

An 8-Day Self-Directed Retreat


As the people of Israel waited for generations for the promise of the Messiah, we share in the long preparation for the Savior’s first coming by recalling the mysteries in the Gospels of Son of God becoming man for us. For Advent is a time of preparation, of waiting, of longing to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ and a time of renewing our desire for Christ’s second coming. (CCC #524)



He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary

Preparing for Your Self-Directed Retreat

Put aside a personal prayer time in the morning and the evening. The morning for the prayer reading and contemplation on these mysteries. In the Evening, in your reflection time review the morning’s mystery and the day's graces taking them into an Examen.


Guidelines for the Journey

Ignatian Prayer of Preparation

The Way of Imaginative Prayer

The Examen



The Desired Graces for the Retreat

For the Retreat we ask for the graces to strengthen our hope, increase our faith, expand our joy, and deepen our love as we come to experience the peace given within these mysteries.


You may have additional special graces you are desiring. Share them with the Lord.

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The Plan for Each Day

A. Beginning your prayer time: At the beginning each prayer period, offering yourself to the Lord. Prayer of “Take and Receive”


Take Lord, and receive all my liberty,

my memory, my understanding, and my entire will,

all that I have and possess.

Thou hast given all to me.

To Thee, O Lord, I return it.

All is Thine, dispose of it wholly according to Thy will.

Give me Thy love and thy grace, for this is sufficient for me.

Amen


Or consider writing your own offering of yourself, your thoughts , desires and actions ( your head, heart and hands).

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B. Read slowly the mystery and pray attentively using all of your faculties - faith and feelings - your interior senses, imagination, recall – as you pray with each section. What do you sense were the experiences of Zachariah, Mary, Elizabeth, Joseph, shepherds and the Magi of this news. Imagine being present there - what do you see, hear, smell? Where are you in the scene?


C. Close your prayer time with your own words ( a colloquy) then a vocal formal prayer (Our Father, Hail Mary or Glory Be


D. At the end of each prayer period, note down your experiences on what were your insights, feelings, thoughts, images and memories that came up for you. Savor the graces.


E. In the Evening review the day’s events with an Examen and reflect on the graces of the morning’s prayer time affected your day. Savor the graces. Close this time with your own words.



The Mysteries

The gospels were written as an account of time past so we may know the truth.

Day One: Luke 1:5-25 The Birth of John the Baptist Foretold

Moving from Doubt to Desire

Day Two: Luke 1:26-36 The Birth of Jesus Foretold - Annunciation

Moving from Fear to Humility


Day Three: Luke 1:39-55 Mary Visits Elizabeth, Mary’s Song of Praise – Magnificat

Moving from Gratitude to Praise


Day Four: Matt 1:18-25 Joseph's Visited by the Angel

Discernment to Obedience


Day Five: Luke 1:57-66 Birth of John the Baptist

Wondering


Day Six: Luke 1: 67-80 Zechariah's Prophecy

Proclaiming


Day Seven: Luke 2: 1-7 The Birth of Jesus

The Light of World in Peace

Luke 2: 8-20 Announcement to the Shepherds

Glory to God in the highest - Spreading the Good News


Day Eight: Matt 2: 1-12 Magi Visits the Messiah

Bringing Our Gifts

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