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.
Featured Advent Videos
During Advent we will be featuring different videos to help you learn and reflect about the season and to provide a short break from the hectic pace of life.
USCCB ADVENT RESOURCES
- Download the Advent Calendar
- 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
- Festival of Lessons and Carols
- Lectio Divina for Advent
- Liturgical Notes for Advent
- Pope Benedict XVI’s Spiritual Thoughts on Advent
- The “O Antiphons” of Advent
- Video Reflections on Wisdom
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
DOWNLOAD OUR ADVENT CALENDAR
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 to the left.
Loyola Press Advent Resources
The Loyola Press will have what you are looking for with 9 main categories and dozens of articles, activities, calendars, and prayers. Highly Recommended!
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.
Ignatian contemplation and reflective prayer encourage us in the season of Advent. Below we highlight Advent resources in the tradition of Ignatian spirituality.
Catholic News Agency: Advent
This site has many unique resources 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.
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. This is one of the most comprehensive sites we’ve encountered.
U.S. 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.
Catholic Current: Advent
Catholic Current is your one-stop-shop for ministry needs that gives your parish/organization access to an incredible online library filled with relevant, reliable content that supports the liturgical calendar and more. From prayers to social media graphics, you’ll find everything you need on our user-friendly site!