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Bishop Burbidge Extends Advent Blessing

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In his annual Advent message, The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge encourages Catholics in the Diocese of Raleigh to have their hearts ready and prepared to celebrate the birth of the Christ Child. Bishop Burbidge says that can be done by making a determined effort to slow down and be a bit more prayerful.

“Offer a daily rosary and meditate on the mysteries of our faith,” the Bishop writes. “Celebrate the Sacrament of Penance so that you may know the infinite mercy and love of God.”

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has created a special web page with suggestions for daily prayer, reading, reflection and action throughout the Advent and Christmas seasons.  The interactive online calendars present a menu of resources for reading, prayer, reflection and action for each day of the two seasons. Many of the reflections are taken from “Following Christ,” “The Priesthood,” “Mary,” and “The Saints,” four of the collections from the Spiritual Thoughts Series by Pope Benedict XVI.   A Festival of Lesson and Carols, which is a service of Scripture and song that dates to the late 19th century, can be heard live online or downloaded for later listening.

Other resources on the website include a list of recommend holiday-themed movies from the USCCB’s Film and Broadcasting office, prayers and blessings from the USCCB publication Catholic Household Blessings and Prayers, and suggestions for remembering the needs of immigrants and the poor throughout the season.