Dear Friends

In June this year I challenged every member of the Diocese of Ballarat to commit to reading the Gospel appointed for the day, every day for the whole month. Many people responded to this challenge with great enthusiasm and have asked for further similar material.

Here then, is a set of readings, brief commentaries and prayer points for each day in Advent. In all the excitement that leads us to Christmas, can I urge you to set aside just a few minutes each day to read through the Gospel of the Day, to look at the commentary and then to use the prayer points and prayers as they speak to you.

Advent is the great time of preparation – we prepare for Christmas celebrations, for the coming New Year, for the reality of our own coming death and judgement. Thank you to Dr Tim Gaden, who has prepared these notes. I hope you enjoy using them each day as we move towards the great joy of Christmas.

With all good wishes and blessings,


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