Encounter Advent with CRS Fair Trade

FT Campaigns Intern December 5, 2015

Encounter Advent with CRS Fair Trade


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Join CRS Fair Trade this Advent as your community prepares for the coming of Christ. We invite you to reflect on the journey that brought Mary and Joseph to the stable and call to mind all those communities around the world that continue to encounter poverty in their daily journeys.


Pray for our brothers and sisters around the world as you enter into the liturgical season of Advent. CRS Fair Trade has prayers for various traditions and occasions for your Advent journey.

• Begin your celebration with the Advent Wreath Prayer as you light the candle each week.
• Honor the ancient tradition of the Christmas crèche with the Nativity Scene Prayer.
• Celebrate the feast of Our Lady on December 12 with Our Lady of Guadalupe Prayer.
• Host a CRS Fair Trade Community Order and use the Fair Trade Sale Prayer to kick off your sale!


Come together as a family or faith group to deepen your understanding of the scripture and learn about our brothers and sisters in need. Four weekly reflections help to break open the Gospel readings for each Sunday of Advent and incorporate stories of communities from around the world.

Each weekly reflection can be found here: Week 1. Week 2. Week 3. Week 4.


Help support global artisans and farmers with CRS Fair Trade


  Use the Gift of Hope Tree to reflect on how Christ was born into poverty, and how this relates to the reality of many other families around the      world. Or, simply print out the Gift of Hope Tree Ornaments and hang them on a tree in a school or parish gathering space. If your parish or school    already coordinates a giving tree activity for your local community, consider adding these Gift of Hope Tree ornaments to your tree and inviting people to remember their local and global family at Christmas.

This Advent, as you pray and reflect on our global family, consider purchasing fair trade gifts. Give a gift that gives twice this Christmas and provide support to artisans and farmers around the world.

For more information about CRS Fair Trade Advent Resources, please visit crsfairtrade.org/advent
To shop fair trade products for your family and friends, visit serrv.org/crs

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