5-Minute Prayers Around the Advent Wreath
by Lisa M. Hendey
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Pub Date 09 Sep 2022 | Archive Date 14 Oct 2022
Spend just five minutes a day praying around your Advent wreath with popular author Lisa M. Hendey’s heart-felt reflections and you’ll experience the promise, renewal, and hope of the Advent season.
Hendey—founder of CatholicMom.com—invites you to take up the centuries-old tradition of lighting candles and gathering around an Advent wreath in prayer with family and friends. These scripture-based devotions are perfect for any age and setting, and offer a few minutes of simplicity, focus, and sacred longing as you contemplate and prepare for the great gift of Christ’s birth.
Each day includes an opening antiphon and a closing prayer, a scripture reading, a short reflection, and questions to ponder, journal about, or use in conversation.
The compact size and affordable price make this booklet perfect for homes, classrooms, RCIA, youth groups, adult faith formation, campus ministry, and parish settings.
Free downloads on how to use this book with children of various ages are available on AveMariaPress.com.
A Note From the Publisher
Hendey has appeared on EWTN, CatholicTV, and as a part of the Momnipotent DVD series. Her work has appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor.
Hendey travels internationally, giving workshops for adults and children. She has spoken at the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the Catholic Marketing Network, the University of Dallas Ministry Conference, the National Catholic Youth Conference, the Midwest Catholic Family Conference, and the National Council of Catholic Women. Selected as an Egan Journalism Fellow with Catholic Relief Services, Hendey has traveled, written, and spoken on behalf of CRS, Unbound, and other non-profit organizations to support their humanitarian missions in Rwanda, the Philippines, India, Tanzania, Kenya, and Columbia.
"Families will learn and grow closer to God as they prepare for the coming of Christ with this practical, Advent prayer booklet.”
Founder of TheReligionTeacher.com
“Beautiful, eloquent, and best of all, simple! It’s exactly what the family needs to enter more deeply into Advent and I look forward to using it at our house around our wreath of waiting.”
Catholic speaker, retreat facilitator, and author
“This little book is a treasure.”
Deacon Greg Kandra
Creator of The Deacon’s Bench
“What a lovely Advent resource! Lisa Hendey gives us a beautiful devotional that will feed many as they circle their Advent wreaths for quiet prayer and reflection. With rich scriptural excerpts and soulful prayers, this book gives the gift of spiritual refreshment to illuminate the season.”
Fran Rossi Szpylczyn
Catholic writer and retreat leader
“As a Catholic school principal, I look for rich yet easy-to-use resources to share with my families every Advent. 5-Minute Prayers Around the Advent Wreath provides short, simple prayers with powerful messages that will fit our families’ busy lives nicely!”
Principal at Holy Trinity School
San Pedro, California
Available on NetGalley
Average rating from 8 members
As someone who looks forward to Advent every year, I was pleased to find a simple and meaningful resource to make each day of the season special. The lighting of the Advent Wreathe allows the whole family to get involved in the prayers and actions that speak to the themes of the season. There's the lighting of the wreathe that all ages appreciate in their own way, and the scriptural readings that allow more depth of reflection. The author's own thoughts and memories added a personal touch. A wonderful resource for adding a specialness to family prayer leading up to Christmas.
Scripture-based, simple prayers for the Advent season, plus questions to ponder for each day as you prepare to welcome the newborn Christ.
These Advent prayers are appropriate for individuals as well as families, classrooms, and small faith sharing groups.
For me, Advent is the liturgical season that seems to slip away. I may be excited and enthusiastic at the commencement of this time of expectation, but a few weeks in, I want to hurry up and visit Christmasland.
Esteemed author Lisa Hendey knows the struggles and pitfalls of the weeks before Christ's Birth. She has responded to them with a helpful guide called 5-Minute Prayers Around the Advent Wreath.
The booklet is appropriate for both individual and group prayer. As Hendey states, "If you live alone, perhaps you can gather with friends or family remotely, each lighting their own wreath or candles as you join for common prayer. Or perhaps your prayer and reflection might include journaling. If you live with other adults, adjust your reflection and conversation as best suits the needs of your household.
"If you are blessed with children in your home, involve them in whatever ways work for you."
The impact of just five minutes around the Advent wreath can have long-lasting effects.
As Hendey points out, "With a few minutes of daily silence, scripture, prayer, private reflection or shared conversation, and maybe just a bit of singing, I hope you find and grow to cherish a place of quiet refuge around your Advent wreath."
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