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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A PDF file with instructions on how to celebrate the Mexican tradition of Las Posadas
A video musical reflection on preparing for Jesus’ coming in glory. Suitable for teens through adults.
Reflections on the Old Testament figures of the Jesse tree for each day of Advent. From Loyola Press.
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.
Short video for kids to practice RACKs for others this Advent!
Downloadable Advent prayers and activities for families and catechists of children.
Download and print out a series of Advent Prayers for families from Sadlier Religion.
Free prayer resources from Joe Paprocki of Loyola Press
Reflections on the Four Weeks of Advent
Quick video reflections on the four weeks of Advent courtesy of St. Mary’s Press:
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.
St. Mary’s Press webpage with videos and suggestions for breaking open the Advent Season with teens.
A brief video from St. Mary’s Press with the story of St. Nicholas, the original Santa Claus.
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.
A Catholic youth minister gives tips to make the season of Advent a more spiritual experience in this Catholic News Service video.
In this video from the series from Wordonfire.org, Bishop Barron explores the spirituality of the Advent season.
An Advent calendar just for adults! Click on each day for a reflection to nourish your Advent journey. From Loyola Press.
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