Hannah van Schie the Director of Marist Laity has written the December reflection

titled “Advent – An Open Door Policy.” In it she reflects on Advent as a time to throw doors wide open. 

For the Marist Laity and Marian Mothers reflection material click HERE

An easy to print Marist Laity and Marian Mothers guide to the reflection can be found HERE


Begin with Thanksgiving and Prayer, then read  Luke 1: 26-38


In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in

Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, ‘Greetings, favoured one! The Lord is with you.’

But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. The angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God. And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David. He will reign over the house of Jacob for ever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.’

 Mary said to the angel, ‘How can this be, since I am a virgin?’ The angel said to her, ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be holy; he will be called Son of God. And now, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month for her who was said to be barren. For nothing will be impossible with God.’ 

Then Mary said, ‘Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.’ Then the angel departed from her.






  • Read the Scripture again to yourself, then share a word, phrase, or sentence that touches you.

  • Read the reflection (link above).


Simply use these questions as starters to guide your sharing.


  • Think of a time you joyfully opened the door at your home to greet and welcome someone.

  • Have you ever left your door unlocked or open for someone familiar to arrive?

  • What doors do you hope to or need to open this Advent?

  • Do you have a nativity scene / set in your home? Or memories of one? Reflect on a time spent looking at or unpacking or setting up a nativity scene.

  • How does Mary’s title “Gate of Heaven” speak to you?






Listen to this song – “Welcome to my world” to reflect on advent as a time of welcome and waiting – and listen out for the line about the door opening. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOCCvN8YDuc





Pray for each other’s needs then conclude with this prayer


Lord of expectation and waiting, be with us during this special season of Advent.


Open the doors of our hearts and our minds as we continue to wait for you.


May we find joy and love as we prepare to welcome you.


Mary Gate of Heaven, Pray for us.