The season of Advent marks the beginning of a new liturgical year and begins on the Sunday nearest November 30th, which is the feast of St. Andrew, and lasts until December 24th. This year, Advent begins the eve of Sunday December 2. The word Advent comes from the word adventus which means “coming.”
Advent is a season in the Church year when we remember how the Word of God became human in the birth of Jesus at Bethlehem, which we celebrate on Christmas. During Advent we also reflect on and celebrate how Jesus comes into our lives and is present with us every day. Interested in spending some time reflecting on this question? Open this link to print a reflection to help guide you.
The circle and evergreens remind us of God’s everlasting love which has no beginning and no end.
Wreaths are available for purchase from the Knights of Columbus on the first Sunday of Advent.
* Busted Halo's 2012 Advent Surprise Calendar (with weekly prizes & everything!)
* An Advent Examen: A 7 Day Prayer Cycle
* Podcasts: the Pray-As-You-Go Advent series and meditations & reflections for Advent from Jesuits from the New England province
* Rejoice in God's Reign: Daily Advent Reflections & Prayers
* The Adverbs of Advent: Daily Devotions for Children and Their Families
* Welcome a Mighty Savior, Reflections and Prayers for Families
* My Monastery is a Minivan
* The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything: A Spirituality for Real Life
* Spirituality at Work: 10 Ways to Balance Your Life on the Job
* Saints Off the Pedestal: Real Saints for Real People
* Solidarity Will Transform the World: Stories of Hope from Catholic Relief Services