Advent Resources

To help you and your families celebrate Advent well this year, we have put together the best resources we could find. We even categorized for an easy search.

We are especially excited to share this year’s Advent poster
27 Ways To Prepare for Christmas 2020
(also available in Spanish)

General Resources

Some Advent Resources from the US Conference of Catholic Bishops
Advent calendar with readings and reflections for each day of the season, the Blessing of Advent Wreaths, 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 2019.

Advent Resources from RCL Benziger
Free downloadable and printable resources for celebrating the season of Advent from RCL Benziger.

Advent Resources from Loyola Press
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.

Advent Resources from ACP
Resources to help you walk through the new Advent season with various seasonal resources.

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.

Advent Conspiracy
A site dedicated to helping 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.

Catholic Current Advent Resources
An Advent calendar, prayers, information on saints, articles on the faith, and more!

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.

Advent Resources from IgnatianSpirituality.com
Ignatian contemplation and reflective prayer can encourage us in the season of Advent; check out these Advent resources in the tradition of Ignatian spirituality.

Advent & Christmas Prayers & Reflections
Daily prayers and reflections to help you enter into the beauty and splendor of this glorious season.

Pop-Up Catechesis: Advent Hope
In this episode of Pop-Up Catechesis, Joe Paprocki explores the joyful season of Advent.

Practical Advent Ideas
A number of Advent ideas to shine the light of Christ this season.

Journey Joyfully
Check out the variety of Advent resources from Saint Mary’s Press: Advent calendars, community building and outreach ideas, Scripture activities, prayers, and more.

Calendars

A Stages’ ADVENTure Calendar
“Stages on the Sound, Inc., a theatre arts company based in Brooklyn, NY, is pleased to announce its 15th annual Christmas production! This year’s production is a modern take on the beloved, age-old Advent tradition.  Intended for children grades 1-5, a new video episode will debut on the Stages’ website each day, starting on November 30th. Each episode follows our host as he discovers the themes of Advent; Hope, Love, Joy, and Peace.  Along the way, he will encounter friends, new and old, who will help guide him in finding the true meaning of Christmas.”

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.

Advent Calendars for 2020
A curated list of various Advent calendars for the 2020 season.

Catholic Relief Services Advent Calendar 2020
CRS has published their annual online Advent Calendar!

Busted Halo’s 2020 Advent Calendar
Busted Halo‘s annual calendar plus a few of their other Advent resources.

Family

Living This Advent: A 4-Week Journey
The Diocese of Des Moines shares a fun guide full of simple ideas for tweaking or creating some family Christmas traditions, adding some prayerful reflection, and incorporating acts of kindness into your Advent.

Advent in an Envelope
A set of Jesse Tree ornaments and an accompanying devotional to help families practice Advent at home.

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 traditions

Strong Catholic Family Faith: Advent
Curated Advent resources for families and parishes

Advent and Christmas Crafts and Activities for Kids
A variety of Advent activities for children and families from Catholic Icing

Virtual Posadas
From December 16-24, the Ignatian Solidarity Network is leading a daily virtual experience of music, art, prayer, reflection, and action as we journey with the holy family and migrants around the world in search of shelter and protection.

Teens

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.

Advent: The Little Lent
A presentation on how the Advent season is the time to prepare our bodies and our homes for the birth of Christ.

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