Advent 2021

Advent

We’ve put together a collection of resource materials to help you prepare and enjoy this Advent season.

  • 28 Ways to Prepare for Christmas … LINK
    Presented in a poster format we see an activity for each day that will help us prepare ourselves for the coming birth of Jesus
  • Prayer cards for each week as you light your advent wreathLINK
    The PDF in the link has a prayer card with a prayer that can be said each week as you light your advent candles at home. Page 1 is a color version, while Page 2 is a black and white format.
  • Catechetical Corner-Advent Preparations at Church and at HomeLINK
    This short article gives some ideas and background to help us prepare for Advent in our homes and at Mass.
  • St. Andrew’s Christmas NovenaLINK
    Beginning on St. Andrew the Apostle’s feast day, November 30, this beautiful prayer is traditionally recited fifteen times a day until Christmas. This is a very meditative prayer that helps us increase our awareness of the real focus of Christmas and helps us prepare ourselves spiritually for His coming. It requires a commitment but the rewards can be great. Try to say it as often as possible.
  • Celebrating Advent as a FamilyLINK
    We have an article which presents and explains some of traditional Advent activities which can be enjoyed as a family. The author takes a hands-on approach and include reference links where appropriate
  • Advent ExamenLINK
    Take a moment, use this internal reflection tool to help prepare yourself for the coming of the Lord.
  • Coloring page of an Advent wreathLINK
    Print this Advent wreath coloring page and let your children participate in a fun activity that visually reinforces a core symbol of the Advent season.
  • Blessing of an Advent wreathLINK
    Use this prayer when you bless the Advent wreath in your home on the first Sunday in Advent
  • Blessing of a Christmas manger or Nativity sceneLINK
    Use this prayer to bless your manger scene at home after you set it up, at the Vigil of Christmas, or some other suitable time.
  • Blessing of a Christmas treeLINK
    Traditionally the Christmas tree would be set up just before Christmas. Use this prayer as a blessing for your tree and say it just before you turn on the tree lights.
  • Pope Francis’ prayer for the Immaculate ConceptionLINK
    Pope Francis offers this prayer to Mary on her Immaculate Conception holyday.
  • Fact of Faith article: Advent: A Biblical Journey of HopeLINK
    The author presents some background on the four Sundays of Advent and gives us some context on how the scripture readings for those days fit in with the season.
  • The “O Antiphons” of ChristmasLINK
    The Church has been singing these antiphons for at least 1,300 years as an enhanceent to our evening prayers during the last days of Advent.
  • “Gracious Lord, Child of Bethlehem” PrayerLINK
    A beautiful prayer directed to our Lord as a child of Bethlehem.
  • A Nativity Advent Calendar to color and displayLINK
    Another wonderful activity for your children. They can color, cut out, and assemble their very own manger scene. What a great hands-on way to involve them in the preparation for the coming of Jesus.
  • Two articles on grief during Advent and ChristmasLINK
    Grief does not take a break during this holiday season. These articles are very helpful for anyone who is experiencing grief or if you have a friend, family member or co-worker who is grieving.

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