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Advent short notices

28 October 2016


ROBERT F. MORNEAU’s Daily Reflections for Advent & Christmas: Waiting in joyful hope 2016-17 is a very small pocket book by a retired RC bishop. It includes scripture readings, prayer, and meditation for each day, as well as a reflection (Liturgical Press, £1.99 (£1.80); 978-0-8146-4864-3).

Lighted Windows: An Advent calendar for a world in waiting by Margaret Silf is an updated and revised edition of her 2002 book (BRF, £7.99 (£7.20); 978-0-85746-432-3).

Songs for a Saviour’s Birth: Journey through Advent with Eliza­beth, Mary, Zechariah, the angels, Simeon and Anna, by William Philip, Minister at the Tron Church, Glasgow, is a devotional study, with endnotes, of the Gospel canticles and the angelic hymn (IVP, £6.99 (£6.30); 978-1-783-59447-4).

The Advent Color & Sound Set with Gregorian Chant: An imagin­ative pathway to stillness and beauty in the Advent season combines an Advent colouring book and a CD with 66 minutes of chant sung by the Gloriae Dei Cantores Schola, conducted by Mary Berry (Paraclete Press, £19.99 (£17.99); 978-1-61261-908-8).

The Evangelical theologian J. I. Packer’s Knowing God Through the Year offers daily reflections com­piled and edited by Carolyn Ny­strom from Packer’s influential book Knowing God, which was originally published in 1973 (Hodder & Stoughton, £14.99 (£13.50); 978-1-473-63979-9). This is a hardback.

The Irish Jesuits (Messenger Publications) have published Martin Hogan’s To Know the Love of Christ: Weekday reflections for liturgical year 2016/2017 (£12.99 (£11.70); 978-1-910248-50-8); Donal Neary SJ’s Gospel Reflections for Sundays of Year A: Matthew (£8.50 (£7.65); 978-1-910248-32-4); and Sacred Space: The prayer book 2017 (from the website www.sacredspace.ie; £10.99 (£9.90); 978-1-910248-53-9). As well as reflec­tions on the readings, the latter includes something to think and pray about for each week.

Sacred Reading: The 2017 guide to Daily Prayer, by Douglas Leonard, Executive Director of the Apostleship of Prayer, is another Roman Catholic resource, arranging its suggestions under six daily imperatives: “Know. Read. Notice. Pray. Listen. Ask.” (Ave Maria Press/Alban, £11.99 (£10.80); 978-1-59471-695-9).

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