Advent

During our class liturgy today, we thought carefully about Mary and how Advent represents the end of a difficult journey for her. Mary grew so much during this time. Her faith and trust in God provided her with the courage and resilience to overcome the challenges she faced.

During Advent, how can you use Mary as an inspiration for your own growth. How can you improve as a child of God? What challenges do you face which require bravery, and faith in God, to overcome?

In this blog, please leave your reflections on Mary’s journey and explain how you will try to grow during Advent.

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44 Responses to Advent

  1. 0702009ah says:

    Dear Mary,
    you had a hard, long and uncomfortable journey that was almost unbearable. There where many times when you could have given up but you showed resilience and kept your promise and didn’t give up on God.

    • 0702010km says:

      A prayer for Mary.

      Dear God,
      Please help Mary and Joseph to gather the strength and courage to plod along the treacherous, unforgiving desert.
      Please help me to be more like Mary and forgive people when they sin against me.
      Amen.
      By K.M.

  2. 0702009lb says:

    Dear Mary,
    You are a brave woman who has many special and hard jobs in life. You went a long way on your journey so starting on the first day of advent bringing it down to Christmas I will reflect on how tired and how much pain you was in when you travelled up the steep hills .Also I will reflect on my mum because she has went through having four babies and now that they are grown up there is only 1 good kid in the house and that would be me of course.
    Amen.

  3. Owen c says:

    I think it was very tiring for Mary and joesoph to get to Bethlehem because it was very warm ,sticky and very little water for Mary and joesoph to have .I also think it will be very painful for Mary to have a baby in a stable whitch will be a very big responsibility to take .

    I will grow during advent by praying to God and the Christmas crib .Also, I will enjoy Christmas with all my family and friends and celebrate the arrival of Jesus but also thinking of Mary during advent.

  4. Mrs McGrath says:

    It’s hard to imagine how difficult it must have been for Mary and Joseph during this time – just as our journey in this life can be hard also.
    During Advent I hope that we can all help each other to be happy together, to support each other and walk in the light of God.

  5. 0702009ah says:

    During advent I will grow by being more loving, caring and think about others but also put myself last.

  6. 0702009jr says:

    I would pray and read the bible to show how I would prepare for advent also I think Mary was incredible brave, strong and a outstanding mother example.

  7. 0702009ab says:

    Mary our Mother of the world,
    It’s an honour for us to look up to you,
    You became a mother at a very young age,
    Not even a fully-grown woman yet
    Help all the people during this time of advent to think about what Christmas is actually about
    Because Christmas isn’t just about getting presents.
    Also please help us be the people we want ourselves to be in life
    Mary the mother of us all, pray for us.
    Amen.

  8. 0702009tr says:

    Mary you where brave during the time of advent. You carried Jesus Christ our lord for a very long time in your tummy. You was courageous you should be proud of yourself for being the mother of Christ our lord. He saved us. He gave us freedom. By dying on the cross for us your baby was a hero.

  9. 0702009cb says:

    As we all know the birth of the messiah also known as our saviour Jesus. So, I offer a prayer to Mary.

    Dear Mary,
    You are a faithful mother of our up-coming messiah,
    You are filled with hope and love,
    You are pure hearted,
    You are our loving mother.
    Amen.
    Mary filled Jesus with love.
    And I shall do the same.
    I will make my family grow in unconditional love.

  10. 0702009cs1 says:

    The challenge that I will face is my sats because they are hard to do. I’m going to prepare for it by learning and using those skills to get a good level at the end of the year and get a good education.

  11. 0702009cf says:

    Mary is an inspirational woman because she wasn’t sure to be the mother of Jesus and she had a massive responsibility of looking after him and making sure he could spread the word of God. She knew she was going to be treated as outcast being young and having a child. So I will take Mary in my growth by being more kind to my brother Lewis and stop fighting with him because it effects my family as well.

  12. Kayden Whamond says:

    The challenge that I’m facing is my sats,I am going to face this challenge by working hard and achieving Mr Owen’s expectations to get a good job when I am older.

  13. 0702009eg says:

    My challenge is going to be when I’m going to Thorn Leigh because of the English and Maths. And the sats at the end of Year 6 and that’s it .

  14. 0702009eb says:

    Mary our mother,
    Please help us to grow during advent as you did,
    Please help me to be a stronger more faithful person,
    You brought the lord up to be the person he was,
    Please can you help us to be the person God wants us to be,
    We will try our hardest to do this but please can you guide the way.
    Mary you grew so much during Advent showing us we can to,
    Thank you Mary for the sacrifices you made for Jesus to help everyone’s future.

    Amen

  15. 0702009kj says:

    Advent smells like
    Happiness and wonder,
    Sounds like children playing on a summer day,
    Loves you with all its heart,
    Waiting for Christmas day

  16. 0702009je says:

    ADVENT.
    Advent is a wonderful time of the
    Year because your celebrating
    What Mary had done for all
    Of us she carried Jesus in her tummy all the way throught a desert to Bethlehem.

  17. 0702009os says:

    advent
    we are not just waiting for our presents to come
    we are waiting for jesus

  18. 0702010am says:

    A prayer for Mary

    Dear God,
    Help Mary to be strong during this time of snow and ice,
    To help her to overcome the impossible,
    And to give birth to him,
    With Joseph by her side Jesus ill reign over us,
    And it will all start with you,
    Help us to support her through her journey,
    And recognise the Queen of Hevan.

    Amen

  19. 0702010jb says:

    How we can improve during Advent
    Dear our mother Mary,
    As Christmas is near and advent is here,
    We ask for your help to improve,
    Please help us to change for the better,
    To prepare us for the arrival of our lord Jesus,
    To make you and us proud for what we are,
    To become better and be patient for the arrival,
    As God gave you strength while you was in danger and pain,
    Many crave for your arrival as they wait and love,
    Please provide us with strength,
    To make us great and humble,
    Mentally and spiritually strong,
    As violence is always wrong,
    Grant us peace throughout the world,
    Until our saviour Jesus Christ is born,
    Amen.
    Jayden

  20. 0702010pp says:

    Dear Mary,
    Help us during advent help us to grow,
    To forgive other people who have hurt us,
    By helping the homeless who have less money,
    Advent is a time of preparing,
    Help us to prepare ourselves for Jesus,
    To be patient for the upcoming birth of the saviour,
    Help when we light the candles on the reef to remember Jesus is the light of the world.
    Amen.
    By Paige.

  21. 0702010jb says:

    How we can improve during Advent
    Dear our mother Mary,
    As Christmas is near and advent is here,
    We ask for your help to improve,
    Please help us to change for the better,
    To prepare us for the arrival of our lord Jesus,
    To make you and us proud for what we are,
    To become better and be patient for the arrival,
    As God gave you strength while you was in danger and pain,
    Many crave for your arrival as they wait and love,
    Please provide us with strength,
    To make us great and humble,
    Mentally and spiritually strong,
    As violence is always wrong,
    Grant us peace throughout the world,
    Until our saviour Jesus Christ is born,
    Amen.
    J.B

  22. 0702010lb says:

    Dear Mary,

    Please help me to be patient you like you was on your journey to Bethlem. Also during this time of Advent help me grow faith just like you did with God. If I had as much faith as you I could be more patient and tolerant as you.
    Please help me go to church more often because I don’t go enough. Also help me help my friends when their feeling lonely or down. Please help me Mary

    Written By
    L.B

  23. 0702010la says:

    Dear Mary,
    You have inspired me to get through tough times in my life even times when it doesn’t seem right but you guided me to the right path of freedom and love where I will get taken care of. You taught me to forgive and never give up on your goals like you never gave up when you was walking on that dreary road when you still knew people would want to kill this baby of yours Jesus. You taught me to keep going even if you are tired until you reach the point that you can’t go on any more. You taught me to love all even if they are a different religion or country. You show me that pain is not a fear, you inspire me a lot in everything I do.

    Amen LA

  24. 0702010aw says:

    A Prayer for Advent,
    Dear God,
    Help me please through the time of Advent,
    To follow in Mary’s footsteps,
    Help us all to wait for our kind to return to us again,
    Help everyone to wait for Jesus, not presents,
    Help us to prepare for the world to be joyous again,
    ~AW

  25. 0702010ak says:

    Dear Mary,
    During this Advent, help me to follow your example by persevering through hard times and doing what you taught me to do. This Advent I will grow by: donating to charity, helping around the house and starting to go to church more; getting closer to God. Please help me to change and be a better person this Advent. Help me to be patient and to help my friends when they feel down.
    Amen
    By A.K

  26. 0702010mw says:

    Dear Mary,
    Please give my weak soul strength to love more than ever during more during this lovely time of Advent. Bring warmness into our hearts and souls to care for all those out there in the harsh winters that have arose at this time of year. Help us to prepare are minds, hearts souls for the arrival of the holy lamb.
    Amen.
    By M.W

  27. 0702010jg says:

    Dear Mary,
    In this time of year we need to know how to be patient,
    We ask you to help us as it is coming up to be a very important time,
    During advent help is prepare for the birth of Jesus in prayer,
    Jesus will shine his light upon us to give us a sign he is coming,
    Please help us to think about Jesus and you at this time now.
    Amen JG

  28. 0702010jh says:

    A Prayer for Advent
    Dear God,
    Help me to be more like Mary,
    As she took a treacherous journey to Bethlehem,
    And did all that she could to deliver the Son of Man.
    I will change myself this Advent,
    To do all that is right for everyone;
    And to go out of my way for others.
    Give me your strength.
    Amen. JH

  29. 0702010gp says:

    Dear Mary,
    During advent please help us to have forgiveness and to get closer to God in every way possible,
    Help me to have patience and to be a kind person,
    Please help me to have more faith in God,
    Also please help me to be more loyal towards people and to help tem if they need help.
    Amen.
    By GP

  30. 0702010lw says:

    A Prayer for Advent and Mary
    Dear God,
    Please help me through this time of Advent, Help me to understand that Advent is a time to prepare and not a time to wait for presents, We are thankful that a king is going to be born and our world is gonna change, Oh our mighty father help Mary through this hard time of her life, So that our king will officially come. The world is preparing for this special time of the year, and we are all ready for a big celebration, God our saviour help me to take the strain off my mum and dad so they know that I’m preparing for our family and friends to have an ideal day but not a stressful, Oh Mary and God hear our prayers as we say: Hail Mary full of Grace the lord is with thee, Blessed our those amongst women, And blessed is the fruit of thi womb Jesus, Holy Mary mother of God, Pray for us sinners now, And at the hour of our death.
    Amen
    L.W

  31. 0702010ec says:

    A Prayer for Advent

    Dear Lord,
    Please help me through Advent,
    And especially help to understand that Advent is a time where we celebrate Jesus’s birth,
    Also please help people realise that Christmas is not about presents and asking for things,
    Please help people to be very thankful for everything that I have and everything that people have,
    And that we can be blessed and very thankful that Jesus sacrificed his life for us and also how painful it would’ve been if someone was nailed to a wooden cross,
    Help me to prepare for the Kings birth, Advent and Christmas.
    Amen.
    By E.C

  32. 0702010mw1 says:

    Dear Mary,
    As Christmas time approaches I ask you Mother of God to give me the strength to think about the journey you and Joseph took to make to Bethlehem to give birth to our lord Jesus. Give me the strength to become closer to God and Jesus so when I have my sats I can score my very highest and do my best to listen to my teachers and do my best .
    MW1

  33. 0702010eb says:

    Dear God,
    Please help us through advent,
    Help me to understand that advent is a time where we celebrate Jesus birth,
    Please help Mary and joseph as they walk on their journey to Bethlehem,
    Please support Jesus as he suffered through the forty days and forty nights,
    Help us prepare for Christmas, advent and the kings birthday.
    Amen
    By EB

  34. 0702010om says:

    Dear Mary,
    Help us to get ready for Christmas,
    Help us remember when your son was born,
    Help us to prepare for the birth of Jesus,
    Help us not to just think about ourselves,
    But to go out on Christmas and give instead of getting,
    Help us when it is Christmas to not to just go to our presents and before we open our presents let us pray,
    On our journey through Advent help us to have patience,
    Help us remember when you took that depressing, sinister journey to
    Bethlehem,
    Help me to have your strength through Advent,
    Amen
    O.P

  35. 0702010dq says:

    Dear Mary,
    Help us to get ready for the birth of your son,
    Help us to remember the for your son,
    Help us to remember the pain that you went through,
    Help us to remember the journey that you and joseph went through,
    Help us to get ready for Christmas,
    Help us to prepare for Jesus,
    Help us to remember how painful the journey that you went on.
    D.Q

  36. 0702010jr says:

    Advent
    God our father,
    We ask you today to help your Mother Mary
    Be ready for your advent,
    And strengthen her for her testing journey.
    Help us to be patient for your arrival,
    And to feel for Mary and Joseph.
    And we ask you, Mary, Joseph, your son Jesus,
    And all of the Saints,
    To help Mary, Joseph and all of us,
    To be patient for the wonderful occasion of
    Christmas.

    Amen.

    J.R.

  37. 0702010pc says:

    Mary and Joseph
    Dear God
    I am thank full for what I have. Many people don’t have what I have. So please give them what I have they deserve it to. They might not of done anything wrong so lord help them and all people.
    Thank you for my family and all the friends you give to me. Gard me in the dark of night and in the morning send your light.

    PC

  38. 0702010ce says:

    A prayer for Mary and Joseph

    Dear Mary and Joseph,
    The both of you did a lot for everyone in the world and everyone who have passed on,
    You travelled all the way to Bethlehem to give birth to the saviour of our world Jesus,
    Mary, you were very strong when you got told you were going to give birth to Jesus by Angel Gabriel,
    Most people would’ve been petrified because they probably would’ve been stoned to death that could’ve happened to you but you stayed strong,
    Joseph, you travelled (pulling a donkey) all the way through the desert just for your wife and soon to be baby boy,
    So today please help us be as strong as you two.
    Amen

  39. 0702010jd says:

    Dear Mary,
    Because advent is getting nearer help to make everyone a stronger person throughout yours and Joseph tough journey,
    Give us strength for the upcoming year
    Give strength to all the priest that follow in the footsteps of god all mighty
    Give strength to all the nuns who follow in your footsteps
    Give strength to people me general.
    Amen.

  40. 0702010jh1 says:

    Dear Mary,
    We thank you for going through all that suffering and pain you went through,
    Please help us to get ready for the deliverance of Jesus and help us to become a better person,
    We ask you to do this through advent and Christmas,
    Thank you for accepting to be the mother of the lord’s son and taking the responsibilities that came behind it all,
    Thank you for taking the risk of being killed or tortured,
    We ask this through the name of the lord and the heaven
    We thank you for everything you have done,
    Please help us in everything we do and say,
    Thank you.
    Amen
    jh year 6

  41. 0702010lg says:

    A Prayer for Advent
    Dear God,
    Please help me to help take off the pressure on my Mum and Dad to get mine and others presents this Advent,
    Help me to prepare for the birth of the saviour of the world,
    We are thankful that Jesus came to this world,
    We hope that Mary has a safe journey going to Bethlehem and she is not spotted by the Romans,
    Thank you for letting Jesus be born and saving the world.

    Amen
    L.G

  42. 0702010ma says:

    Mary and joseph
    Dear God,
    Thank you for my family and all the friends you gave to me. Gard me in the dark of night and in the morning send you light. Please help the poor and give a shelter and please feed the hungry.

    MA

  43. 0702010dc says:

    Dear Mary,
    You have helped me through tough times Even though it doesn’t feel like you have so thank you for everything you do.
    Please give us strength for the future
    So we can be strong and be mighty together
    So we can be a team and never be apart
    Thankyou for everything you have done to give us strength
    Amen
    By dc

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