Nativity Trail GROUP USE
The Nativity Trail: Advent Study for Families.
This listing is for parish or other groups that would like to use this study with a larger group. You will get one physical copy of the study, but you have our permission to print and distribute the study and printable map with your group, both this Advent and for Advents to come.
This listing includes:
- Printed Booklet which includes a reflection for each day of Advent.
- Digital "Countdown Map" to track the days of Advent.
- This study can be used ANY YEAR, not just 2020.
Intended to be journey with Jesus, Mary and Joseph from Nazareth to Bethlehem, each day of the study offers a Psalm. We selected each day's Psalm from the Psalms included in the Liturgy of the Hours for that day. Therefore, this study is a soft introduction to the Prayer of the Church.
After reading the Psalm, we take your family through an imagination-based reflection. These reflections are short, but they ask you to imagine the real life of Mary, Jospeh, Elizabeth, Zechariah, Anne and others. The Bible tells us the key events that led up to Jesus' life, but this Advent, pause and imagine the smaller, more ordinary events. Sit with these characters and feel what it was like to be part of God's beautiful plan.
Finally, each day's reflection is ended with a short prayer. We also encourage you to add singing the first verse of "O Come O Come Emanuel" to your daily study.
We wrote Nativity Trail for Catholic Families that have lived through an intense year. We intentionally kept each day's study short. You should be able to get through all of the content in 7 minutes or less. Also, everything you need for the study is right there in the book. No prep, no stress, no questions to puzzle over. Just read, listen to God's voice, imagine and pray.
To keep little minds engaged, we also created a countdown map. We assigned a medallion to each day. Once you have completed that day's content, just cut out and glue the medallion to the map. This way it really will feel like a journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem with Jesus, Mary and Joseph!