The word Advent derives from the Latin word meaning coming. The Lord is coming. We may reflect that every year at this time we celebrate his coming , so that in a sense we can lose the feeling of expectancy and joyful anticipation, because at the end of the season, everything seems to return to pretty much the same routine. If that is the case, then our preparation may have been lacking and we have therefore been robbed of much of the true meaning of this season.
During Advent we recall the history of God's people and reflect on how the prophecies and promises of the Old Testament were fulfilled. This gives us a background for the present. Today we can reflect on the past track record of God and so begin to understand what it means to us now for the sake of what is to come, in our own future and that of our world.
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Our digital twist on the traditional Advent calendar brings a sense of surprise by showing you the whole calendar, but not letting you “open” each day and find out what’s behind the picture until that day comes along. Each day, the link will lead you to a special Advent-themed Daily Jolt and MicroChallenge.
Need a refresher on what Advent is actually all about? Everything you need to know about the hopeful anticipation of this special season… in just 2 minutes!
Celebrate Advent using Busted Halo’s InstaAdvent Photo Challenge. Click here for more details and a complete listing of our Advent photo-a-day ideas. Post a photo every day during Advent and stay connected to the hope, joy, and occasional peppermint mocha that make this time of year so special!
Our preparations for Christmas are filled with occasions for waiting. We wait in line at stores, we wait for traveling relatives, we wait for the cookies in the oven to finish baking. But waiting is not a passive action. It’s dynamic and transformative! This virtual retreat will help you reflect on ways to grow in faith, hope, and love while we wait for the coming of Christ this Advent.
Celebrating Advent to Epiphany: The Christmas Cycle
Prepare for Christmas with Advent wreath and Advent calendar activities, along with information about St. Nicholas, Advent prayers, and more. Click here to learn more -->
Advent Resources - United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Beginning the Church's liturgical year, Advent (from, "ad-venire" in Latin or "to come to") is the season encompassing the four Sundays (and weekdays) leading up to the celebration of Christmas.
The Advent season is a time of preparation that directs our hearts and minds to Christ’s second coming at the end of time and also to the anniversary of the Lord’s birth on Christmas. The final days of Advent, from December 17 to December 24, focus particularly on our preparation for the celebrations of the Nativity of our Lord (Christmas).
Advent devotions including the Advent wreath, remind us of the meaning of the season. Our Advent calendar above can help you fully enter in to the season with daily activity and prayer suggestions to prepare you spiritually for the birth of Jesus Christ. More Advent resources are listed below.
- About Advent Wreaths
- Blessing of an Advent Wreath
- Blessing of a Christmas Tree
- Commentary on the Proper Prayers of Advent from the Roman Missal
- Blessing of a Christmas Manger or Nativity Scene
- Liturgical Notes for Advent
- The "O Antiphons" of Advent
- Family Calendar
Advent Radio Retreat
Experience a “Radio Retreat” this Advent with Father Jim Van Vurst, O.F.M. Listen to inspiring words and songs for weekly Advent reflection. Franciscan Radio invites you to take a deeper look into the season of Advent. Using the Windows Media Player, Real Player or any MP3 player, including Apple’s iPod, take this opportunity to focus clearly on what God is saying to you this Advent. Each Advent week Franciscan Father Jim Van Vurst leads you through a reflection based on the week’s scripture. If you missed one of the weeks, visit our archives.
St. Margaret Mary Advent Calendar
We continue our tradition at St. Margaret Mary, offering an Advent Calendar, inviting you and your family to enter into the spirit of the Advent season. Our revised calendar this year offers new images and new quotations from Scripture.
Following the tradition of Advent calendars, you can open any door through today’s date, but you cannot peek ahead. Place your mouse pointer over the door you want to open. After the door opens, click your mouse to see the image, which includes a quotation from Scripture for the Advent Season. Please visit this calendar often through Advent.
Hint: Wait for the hand image to appear before clicking the mouse.
Catholic News Agency Advent Resouces
This site has many unique resouces not easily found elsewhere. These include: Bishops’ previous Advent teachings, Blessings, Customs & Traditions, History, Prayers, Prayers for the first week of Advent, Prayers for the second week of Advent, Prayers for the third week of Advent, Prayers for the fourth week of Advent, and Saints of Advent.
Catholic Digest Advent Resources
If you like Readers Digest, you will enjoy these wonderful articles and resources.
CatholicMom.com Advent Resources
This is a wonderful collection of activities and ideas to engage families and children in celebrating the season in fun and meaningful ways.
Loyola Press Advent Resources
We are a people who wait in joyful hope for the coming of our Savior Jesus Christ. Advent is a joyful time of preparation for the celebration of the birth of Jesus. Select a link below to get information about Advent calendars, Advent wreaths, and Advent activities.
We often miss Advent's power because these December weeks are full of secular Christmas parties and preparations for Christmas. Each year, the busyness of this season serves to distract us from having an Advent season that truly prepares us for the celebration of Christmas, with all its meaning. This site offers simple ways to enter into this Advent season, week by week, in the midst of our everyday lives.
US Catholic Advent Resources
Advent is here, and the countdown to Christmas is on. But don't get too hung up on planning for December 25--the four weeks leading up to Christ's birth (and the days after it) are just as important. If you're having some trouble blocking out the holiday madness and settling down for some Advent reflection, here are some essays, blogs, and other resources to help you get in the spirit. - See more at: http://www.uscatholic.org/articles/201411/light-your-advent-resources-make-most-season-29620#sthash.2Co9j7lM.dpuf