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Some Advent Resources from the US Conference of Catholic Bishops

In addition to an interactive Advent calendar with readings and reflections for each day of the season, the USCCB’s website has stuff about Advent Wreaths, the Blessing of a Christmas Tree and Christmas Manger, Lectio Divina for Advent, Liturgical Notes on Advent, “The ‘O Antiphons’ of Advent, as well as a Family Advent Calendar for 2017.

Ideas and Resources for Celebrating Advent 2017

Free downloadable/printable ideas and resources for celebrating Advent 2017 from RCL Benziger. Includes prayers and activities, grade level resources on the “O Antiphons”, the Jesse Tree, the New Church Year and a prayer for Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Advent Resources from Loyola Press

Including general information about the Advent season, a retreat, activities suitable for different grade levels, and a video reflection on a work of art inspired by the Sunday Scriptures.

Seasonal Inspiration and Resources for Catholics

Including “Praying the O Antiphons”, “Sounds of Advent”, “Advent’s Quiet Grace”, “A Time for Watching & Waiting”, “Our Lady of Guadalupe”, along with a few items on celebrating St. Nicholas’ Day. Courtesy of Sadlier Religion.

What is the Season of Advent?

Explore the history, prayers, traditions of Advent and more.

Advent Conspiracy

A site dedicated to help people avoid the consumerism of the Advent season and to focus on the true meaning of the season. A great video is embedded on the site that makes the point! Ecumenical.

Advent Music Playlist

A playlist of Advent music on YouTube

How to Celebrate Las Posadas

A PDF file with instructions on how to celebrate the Mexican tradition of Las Posadas

The Returning

A video musical reflection on preparing for Jesus’ coming in glory. Suitable for teens through adults.

Jesse Tree reflections

Reflections on the Old Testament figures of the Jesse tree for each day of Advent. From Loyola Press.

Ten Simple Ways to Evangelize during the Holidays

Christmas season presents us with new opportunities to bring “the Good News of Jesus into every human situation” (Go and Make Disciples, section. 10). Here are ten simple ways to evangelize during the holidays.

Family

Spy Kids - Practice Random Acts of Kindness for Advent

Short video for kids to practice RACKs for others this Advent!

Advent Activities from Catholic Catechist

Downloadable Advent prayers and activities for families and catechists of children.

Advent Prayers for Families

Download and print out a series of Advent Prayers for families from Sadlier Religion.

Actively Waiting for Advent - Free Prayer Packet

Free prayer resources from Joe Paprocki of Loyola Press

Celebrating Advent As A Family

This article is a great resource for family advent tradtions

Teens

Reflections on the Four Weeks of Advent

Quick video reflections on the four weeks of Advent courtesy of St. Mary’s Press:

Advent in 2 Minutes

A quick, two-minute video from Busted Halo that explains why we celebrate Advent and wait to celebrate Christmas, courtesy of St. Mary’s Press.

Advent ideas and resources

St. Mary’s Press webpage with videos and suggestions for breaking open the Advent Season with teens.

Discovering St. Nicholas

A brief video from St. Mary’s Press with the story of St. Nicholas, the original Santa Claus.

Adults

Advent HD (Catholic Online via YouTube)

The word Advent comes from the Latin word meaning “coming”. The Lord is coming and we reflect during the Advent Season on his coming. This video from Catholic Online is a broad overview of the season’s background, symbolism and traditions.

Making Advent a more holy season

A Catholic youth minister gives tips to make the season of Advent a more spiritual experience in this Catholic News Service video.

Bishop Robert Barron on the Spirituality of Advent

In this video from the series from Wordonfire.org, Bishop Barron explores the spirituality of the Advent season.

An online Advent Calendar for Adults

An Advent calendar just for adults! Click on each day for a reflection to nourish your Advent journey. From Loyola Press.

Lectio Divina Advent Journal 2017

A daily lectio divina Advent journal, written by a young mom.

The Skit Guys - Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus

All of creation, all of God’s story, all of us, long for Christ’s coming. Watch this moving piece in art and song that illustrates how all of history culminates in the birth of Jesus. Music by Marcy Priest