Advent Resources

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

General Resources

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 2018.

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 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.

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.

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

This article is a great resource for family advent traditions

Teens

Reflections on the Four Weeks of Advent – Quick video reflections on the four weeks of Advent courtesy of St. Mary’s Press:
  1. First Week of Advent
  2. Second Week of Advent
  3. Third Week of Advent
  4. Fourth Week of Advent

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