Advent is such a busy time of year and we so easily forget that—at its heart—it is meant to be a time of preparation, waiting and hope for the coming of Jesus into our world and lives.
To remind us of this, for the past nine years, the diocese has published an annual Advent and Christmas Program that provides an opportunity for us to be still each day, listen to God, and come to know that Jesus is the whole reason for our being. Like Mary proclaimed in her Magnificat:
“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord.” LUKE 1:46
The Advent Program is a pocket-sized book that includes daily reflections from the beginning of Advent to the Baptism of the Lord. The book also includes beautiful artwork from the Masters with accompanying artwork reflections.
These little books continue to grow in popularity with 30,000 copies sold each year throughout Australia and increasingly around the world. The books are also given for free to thousands of inmates in prisons throughout Australia as an outreach program. Many customers buy bulk copies of the book for family, friends and work colleagues as an alternative to Christmas cards and gifts. We include a page in the book for you to write your gift message.
The books go on sale around September each year. You can subscribe below to our Advent and Christmas Program mailing list and we will send you an email and links to purchase the books when they go on sale. You can also download samples of previous year’s books below.
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The Way—Advent and Christmas Reflections 2019 on sale now!
We are pleased to announce that we are now taking orders for The Way—Advent and Christmas Reflections 2019. The Way is an 84-page pocket-size book containing beautiful artworks and spiritually rich daily reflections from the beginning of Advent (1 December 2019) through to the Baptism of the Lord (12 January 2020). Features seven new highly acclaimed international contributors! Buy today before they all sell out. Bulk pricing starts from only $3 per copy!
Our diocesan logo is theologically rich and very succinct. As a hand, it depicts our mission as a diocese and as individuals within the diocese, of bearing (bringing, carrying) Christ’s love to one another and to the world around us. In this, we are the hand of Jesus Christ, and we are offering ourselves to him so that he might work through us.
We can be the bearers of his love only as a response to his call and in the strength of his grace. We are reminded of this in two ways—through the symbol of the dove (the Holy Spirit) also present in the logo, and by the incorporation of the cross that segments the logo. The presence of the cross is a reminder that bearing the love of Christ will inevitably cost us if we live it authentically. However, in the way that the Cross is the portent of redemption and life—an echo of the tree of life in the book of Genesis—so becoming bearers of the love of Christ will also bring us to life.
The four fingers of the hand also represent the four regions of our diocese. The first is bluerepresenting the beautiful water of the Shoalhaven. The second is a blue and green combination representing the waters and escarpment of the Illawarra. The third is greendepicting the hills and plains of the Macarthur. The fourth is dark green illustrating the forests of the Southern Highlands.