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!
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.
Advent Calendar for Adults
This Advent, join Loyola Press for a special online Advent experience. Following a traditional Advent calendar format, the experience invites you to slow down this season and discover the quiet moments of Advent hope.
Children's Advent Calendar
Advent is the four weeks before Christmas. It is a time of joyful preparation for the celebration of Jesus' birth as our Savior.
Many people like to use a special calendar to help them mark the days until Christmas. You can use this Web calendar to remind you to do something each day to share the meaning of the season. Click the date each day of Advent to find an idea to help you prepare for Jesus’ birthday.
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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
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.
Ignatian Spirituality: Advent
During the four weeks of Advent, we prepare for the celebration of Christ’s birth through prayer and reflection. We contemplate the First Coming of Jesus as Savior, and anticipate his promised Second Coming. And amid the flurry of Christmas preparations, we look for practical ways to observe the holiness of the season in our everyday lives.
Franciscan Media: Advent
- Catholic Saints of Advent
- The True Spirit of Christmas
- Advent: A Season of Surprises
- Family: The Christmas Challenge
- A Christmas Miracle for a Jewish Woman
- Advent: Waiting in Darkness
- Frequently Asked Questions about Advent
- Advent Wreath: A Popular Symbol
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.
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.
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