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Sacred Reading for Advent and Christmas 2018–2019
Author: Pope's Worldwide Prayer Network
Trim size: 4.25 x 6.75 inches
Imprint: Ave Maria Press
On-sale date: August 3, 2018
This uplifting prayer book for Advent and the Christmas season from the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network—an international ecclesial ministry served by the Jesuits—engages you with the Church’s daily scripture readings and incorporates the Pope’s monthly prayer intentions for groups across the globe. It will inspire you in a new way with the traditional spiritual devotion known as lectio divina (sacred reading).
Create moments of peace in your busy holiday season by refocusing on prayer.
Beginning with the first Sunday in Advent through Epiphany—including readings for solemnities and feast days—Sacred Reading for Advent and Christmas 2018–2019 walks you through a six-step process that will help you
- know that God is present;
- read the gospel;
- notice what you think and feel as you read the gospel;
- pray as you are led for yourself and others;
- listen to God; and
- ask him to show you how to live today.
The devotional is the perfect resource to deepen or develop your prayer life or for those seeking a new approach to praying and living the scriptures. You’ll also find inspiring quotations from important Catholic figures that are not included in the Sacred Reading annual book.
More than simply another daily prayer book, Sacred Reading also gives you practical tools that allow the day’s scripture to change your heart and find expression in your actions. You will feel a greater sensitivity to those around you and for people across the globe by meditating on the Pope’s monthly prayer intentions and creating an enriching habit of daily prayer and scripture reading that is as easy to maintain as it is enriching.
The affordable price and compact format of this seasonal resource make it ideal for individuals or parishwide distribution during Advent.
"A great way to walk through a liturgical season at your own pace."
"We have been using Sacred Reading booklets as our all-parish giveaway book for the Advent and Lenten Seasons for several years. They have received many warm reviews from parishioners because each day during the sacred seasons contains a passage from scripture, a pithy reflection and something to think about for the day. They are a great way to walk through a liturgical season at your own pace."
Rev. Tom Conde
St. Christina Parish in Chicago, Illinois
"Helped us grow in our prayer life."
"For Advent 2016 and Lent 2017, we sent a copy of the Sacred Reading booklets to our parishioners' homes. Both editions have been well received by our community. They have helped us to grow in our prayer life through the sacred scripture. Sacred Reading helps parishioners to establish a prayer practice they can continue on their own, past the seasons of Advent and Lent."
Very Rev. Stephen D. Parkes, V.F.
Pastor of Annunciation Catholic Church in Altamonte Springs, Florida