Reflections for Advent 2023


A Woman of Courage – Through Advent with Mary
Online reflection series for Advent 2023,


God’s Word comes to earth, and a young woman makes a courageous decision to be part of the story. This series of Advent reflections follows Mary’s journey from the strange invitation, along the hard road to Bethlehem, through pain and joy, and asks what it means to nurture the Holy within ourselves.

This series of weekly Advent reflections offers a new audio reflection to listen to each week along with a selection of other reflective material to read and ponder. The reflections are designed to create quiet spaces in a busy season, and use including poetry, images, music, Scripture and other wisdom writing.

All the printed material for the retreat is available in an attractive A5 booklet – if you would like to receive this, please select this option when you book, and give us your address! Packages are available for small groups, for more information email us

The material is designed to appeal to those from all Christian traditions. Whether or not Mary is a central figure in your tradition, this is an invitation to spend time with her as a flesh and blood woman whose courage and faithfulness changed history, and to ask what light her story brings to our lives and our world.

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Please book by Wednesday 22nd November to allow for postage of booklets.
Free and pay-what-you-can places are available; any donations received will go towards making the retreat possible for others – please email for more information.


The cost is £25.  (£30 with printed booklet)

Free and pay-what-you-can places are available for those who might appreciate them; any donations received will go towards making the retreat possible for others – please email for more information. 


Cry from the manger


The Cry from the Manger

pray as you go

We only need to glance at the global news to feel the force of suffering in the world. Our own lives too are often weighed down by sorrow, trouble and pain.

For Advent this year, we will reflect on God’s entering into the suffering of the world. Jesus, Emmanuel, was born amongst us, right into the heart of our suffering. Jesus joined us in our suffering, and this Christmas, we incline our ears a little closer to the manger, to hear Christ’s first cry.

Release dates:

  • Introduction: Monday 27 November
  • Session 1 (A Long Way to Go): Monday 4 December
  • Session 2 (No Room at the Inn): Monday 11 December
  • Session 3 (A Night in the Stable) Monday 18 December
  • Session 4 (The Cry From the Manger) Monday 25 December
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Ignatian Spirituality Advent Retreat

For the four weeks of Advent The Ignatian Spirituality Centre offers you material for daily prayer.


Arts & Faith 

Prepare for Christmas and deepen your experience of the Advent season this year with
Arts & Faith: Advent. Each week we’ll provide a video commentary about a work of art inspired by the Sunday Scriptures. Use these videos to take a new look at this season of hope and preparation through the lens of sacred art.

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