Advent 2016

Merry Christmas!

Matthew 2:11 “On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshipped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh.” Merry Christmas Merry Christmas from all the staff and governors at Gomersal St. Mary’s CE(C) […]

2016 Advent Calendar: Day 24

Matthew 2:9-10 “After [the Magi] had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed.” Day 24: Christmas Around The World – USA The United […]

2016 Advent Calendar: Day 23

Matthew 2:1-2 “… Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, ‘Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.’” Day 23: Christmas Around The World – Spain Most people in Spain go to Midnight Mass or ‘La […]

2016 Advent Calendar: Day 22

Matthew 2:1 “After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem.” Day 22: Christmas Around The World – Slovakia In Slovakia, Christmas celebrations begin with Advent. Many Slovaks are Roman Catholics so this is the start of the important spiritual preparations for Christmas. […]

2016 Advent Calendar: Day 21

Luke 2:25-32 “Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. Moved by […]

2016 Advent Calendar: Day 20

Luke 2:22-24, 3:21-22 “When the time of their purification according to the Law of Moses had been completed, Joseph and Mary took [Jesus] to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, ‘Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord’), and to offer a […]

2016 Advent Calendar: Day 19

Luke 2:21 “On the eighth day, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him.” Day 19: Christmas Around The World – France In France, a Nativity crib is often used to help decorate the house. As well as having the normal Nativity figures in them, French scenes also have figures such as […]

2016 Advent Calendar: Day 18

Luke 2:19-20, 33-35 “But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.” … “The child’s father and mother marvelled at what was said about [Jesus]. Then Simeon […]

2016 Advent Calendar: Day 17

Psalm 95:6 “Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker; for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care.” Day 17: Christmas Around The World – The Netherlands For most children in The Netherlands, the most important day during December […]

2016 Advent Calendar: Day 16

Luke 2:15-18 “When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.’ So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When […]

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