Advent and Christmas are upon us.

This year the festive season might be a little different, given the continuing impact of the Coronavirus pandemic.

But it remains a time of preparation and joyful expectation.

As we prepare for, and await, the birth of Our Lord, Jesus Christ, these weeks provide a wonderful opportunity to slow down and reflect.

We look forward to the coming of Christ: celebrating His birth, His renewed coming into our lives this Christmas, especially through the Eucharist, and His second coming at the end of time.

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Christmas

Services and live streams- at home

Live stream services at St Chad's Cathedral

Christmas Eve at 10pm. St Chad’s Cathedral live stream the only Mass there during the night. There will be a participation booklet to download from the St Chad’s Cathedral website.

To watch the live streams, and find out about all the cathedral Christmas Masses, please visit the St Chad's Cathedral website

To watch live stream Masses elsewhere across the Archdiocese please visit Parishes with live streams

At the Manger- Family Crib Services

Bishop Peter Brignall, the Bishop of Wrexham, has created At the Manger: Family Crib Services for the Eight Day of Christmas.

Discover At the Manger

Broadcast

Christmas religious programming on the BBC

A wealth of programmes across BBC television and radio, including the traditional Christmas Eve celebration of Midnight Mass, coming live from the Roman Catholic Cathedral of St Peter and St Paul, Clifton, Bristol.

BBC Christmas schedule

Archbishop Bernard on Switch Radio's Christmas Crackers

Christmas Crackers is an all day event celebrating people across the city who have had a positive impact on our community in 2020. It is broadcast on Christmas Day from 10am until 5pm. The Archbishop's hour will be broadcast at 12 noon, and you can listen on 107.5FM, on DAB digital radio, and you can also listen live via their website www.switchradio.co.uk. The programme will be available via the website's listen again feature from Boxing Day.

Reflections

A Christmas Reflection: Let us go to Bethlehem

By Fr Damian Ikemefuna Ozokwere, Parish Priest of St Philip Neri Catholic Church, Smethwick.


The Christmas Gospels

Fr Adrian Graffy, parish priest in Brentwood and member of the Pontifical Biblical Commission, has prepared a series of reflections on the ‘Christmas gospels’, the gospel passages read from 17 December until 6 January.

Video of the talks

Poster introduction of the talks

Advent

The Jesus Prayer - a daily Advent retreat

Open a spiritual Advent calendar with a daily 5 minute video on The Jesus Prayer

The Jesus Prayer Retreat

The Annunciation

Teresa Brown, from Northampton Diocese, has created a YouTube video on the Annunciation: From Gabriel to Mary, with her own music and various artists’ portrayal of the event.



Resources from CAFOD

Advent prayers

Online Advent calendar

Advent resources for young people


St Chad's Cathedral

DOWNLOAD Booklet on Liturgy and Scripture, December 2020

Music

CJM Music present 4th Sunday of Advent, Year B

One Life Music present Advent staff reflection

Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales

Reading Mark in Advent: In this podcast series, listen to the whole of St Mark’s Gospel in 18 parts throughout Advent. Released one-a-day on the weekdays of the season. English Standard Version of the Bible (ESV).

Reading Mark in Advent

Advent Calendar

National Office for Vocation

Advent reflections from the National Office for Vocation bring weekly videos reflecting on the Sunday Gospel and the life that God can call individuals to.

Advent Week 1: Teresa Carvalho – Living the single state of life

Advent Week 2: Hannah Vaughan-Spruce – Living life as a Consecrated Virgin

Advent Week 3: Fr Joe Owusu-Ansah – Priesthood

Advent Week 4: Br Joseph Bailham OP – Religious Life

Feast of the Holy Family: Nick and Fiona Whitehead – Marriage and Family Life


Cannock Catholic present: The Family Mass: Advent 4 - Mary


Kenelm Youth Trust

Watch! The Fourth Sunday of Advent


Irish Catholic Bishops' Conference

Online Advent calendar


God Who Speaks

Order your Advent Jesse Tree

The Advent Wreath: Four Services for Home and Family

St Mark day-by-day

December focus: Advent and Christmastide


Diocese of Arundel and Brighton


A very special Christmas journey, setting up an Advent crib at home.


Bible Society

Five ways to encourage each other and focus on Jesus this Advent


Word on Fire

Sign up to Bishop Robert Barron's Advent Gospel Reflections


Advent Readers' Guide

The Diocese of Salford Liturgy Office have produced Readers' Notes for the Sundays of Advent, Year B.

Download Advent Readers' Guide


Advent edition of The Sower, the diocesan magazine