Why should this great thing happen to me, that my Lord’s mother comes to visit me? Today we are going to take some time in peace and quiet to try to bring some peace into our lives. Help us to be faithful disciples and to share this peace with everyone that we meet so that we may be more like you. "Why am I so blessed that the mother of my Lord would visit me?" W, St Augustine’s Year 1 Retreat – Preparing for Advent 2020, Class 3 Retreat at Our Lady’s School – Promises, Christ the King Secondary Prayer Resources, Nothing can separate us from the love of God. The sign of peace, that we share by shaking the hands of those around us, comes from the words of Jesus in Matthew’s Gospel: So if you are about to offer your gift to God at the altar and there you remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar, go at once and make peace with your brother, and then come back and offer your gift to God. He has filled the hungry with good things. Used by permission of Zondervan. Take your purple pieces of paper and make them into loops using glue or sticky tape. Our tips from experts and exam survivors will help you through. Read about our approach to external linking. Have you chosen to argue rather than to make peace? The idea of using a handshake comes from ancient times where people often carried weapons and therefore, to shake hands and show an empty hand truly showed that they were making peace with the other person because they did not have a weapon in their hand. Before Mary even said a word about having a child, Elizabeth knew it and she knew that the child was going to be a very special child! A short time later Mary hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea. The thing I remember most about the Christmases of my childhood is our family get-together. Do you leave things to the last minute and give yourself lots of stress or do you take care of yourself and give yourself peace of mind. Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Elizabeth said. Is there anyone that you need to forgive? She is now elderly and she and her husband, Zechariah, have never been able to have children. All Rights Reserved. It can be difficult to imagine how peace could be found in the midst of a war but this Advent there is a Christmas advert that helps us to see that even in the darkest, most troubled times there can still be space and an opportunity for peace. Do you think you are like a magnifying glass who helps to make everyone’s love for Jesus stronger? Soon afterward Mary got ready and hurried off to a town in the hill country of Judea. Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®. Today is the last Sunday before Christmas. Help us Jesus during this second week of Advent to welcome visitors from near and far into our lives. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Is there anyone that you have fallen out with and need to say sorry to? Angel GabrielElizabethFootballHail MaryMagnificatmagnifying glassMaryNothing can separate us from the love of Godpaper chainPaper ChainsReconciliationRomans 8Sainsbury's AdvertSign of peaceSoldiersWW1. Start this Action by making sure that everyone has one strip of, When we think of peace we tend to think of wars and conflicts around the world and don’t necessarily think about the peace that we need. In a week where we are thinking about peace and the visitors that we welcome into our lives it is important to reflect on those times when there has not been peace and there has instead been war, fighting and anger. Elizabeth was also going to have a baby. Our Action gives us chance to reflect in a calm and peaceful atmosphere so that we can think about whether we are at peace in our own lives and what we can do to bring ourselves more peace. He has kept the promise he made to our ancestors. The sign of peace is not always a handshake, it might be a kiss or a hug. Lots of ways we can loo, The first image is a painted mural of black saints, October is a month dedicated to the Holy Rosary. It was often the only time during the year when I got to see some of my aunts, uncles, and cousins. Listen carefully as she sings her praise for God. She went into Zechariah’s house and greeted Elizabeth. The Holy Spirit came upon Elizabeth. The question is, will that person be you? Sometimes peace can seem like a distant thing that only people in war stricken countries have to worry about but we have plenty of opportunities to make peace with ourselves, with others and with God.