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Advent Resources

See below for some great Advent resources you can use with your family.
The season of Advent marks the beginning of the new Liturgical Year in the Church (on December 1).  The season lasts for 4 weeks, and it is a time in which we prepare ourselves for the celebration of the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ, at Christmas.

The Advent Wreath is a symbol of the season and marks the time of the Advent Season.  There are four candles: three purple, and one pink.  The color of the Advent season is purple, a symbol of preparation and awaiting for the coming of Christ.  The candle for the third week is pink as a symbol of our joy and anticipation that the birth of Christ is ever near.

Loyola Press Advent Resources

Each week has a theme that guides us in our preparation and reflection in this holy season of Advent.  The theme for the first week of Advent is HOPE.  We light the first purple candle on the Advent wreath.  As we begin the Advent Season, we remain hopeful in the promise of God to send his only-begotten son, Jesus, into the world to save us from sin.  We remain in hope as we await and prepare for the coming of the Savior into the world.

Find below some articles and resources to help you and your family celebrate Advent and prepare for the birth of Jesus Christ our Savior at Christmas..


**Family Advent Guide
This is a great guide from Our Sunday Visitor that you can use with your families to celebrate the season of Advent at home.  It includes prayers, activities, and reflections that you can use at home with your children to reinforce the importance and meaning of the Advent season as explained in class.
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Definitive Guide to Advent & Christmas
This guide from Our Sunday Visitor allows us to understand and reflect on the significance of these two seasons and how we can balance out all our other preparations with the sacredness of the Advent season.  It also includes a YouTube video that explains the season in two minutes!
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*OSV Advent Reflection Articles
These articles from Our Sunday Visitor provide some points for reflection
in promoting Christian discipleship as we prepare for and await with anticipation the birth of Christ during this Advent Season.
*OSV Advent Articles
Our Sunday Visitor has a great selection of articles and reflections to help us in our celebration of the Advent Season.  See the most recent articles on this page.
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*OSV Article:  Taking the Stress Out of Advent
The four weeks of the Advent Season can be stressful with all the anticipation and preparation for Christmas.  This article from Our Sunday Visitor offers some tips to take the stress out of Advent and Christmas so we can truly celebrate.
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*OSV Article:  Advent and Christmas Q&A
Get answers to some of the questions you may have regarding the Advent and Christmas seasons in this article from Our Sunday Visitor.
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OSV Article:  This Advent, Stop the Clock
This article, also from Our Sunday Visitor, provides us with some ways we can give more meaning to this Advent season in our own preparation as well as together with our families.

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OSV Article:  Advent Readings
This article, from Our Sunday Visitor, offers some reflection on the readings for each of the Sundays of Advent as well as the readings of Christmas day.
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**Advent Resources   (Loyola Press)
A variety of resources from Loyola Press, from activities, to prayers, to an Advent retreat, to help us prepare and celebrate during the Advent Season
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**Advent Resources   (Ignatian Spirituality)
Some great additional Advent resources from Loyola Press, including weekly video reflections, podcasts, contemplation guides, and more
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**Advent Resources  (USCCB)
Resources, including prayers and a calendar, to celebrate the Advent season, provided by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. (USCCB)
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Click here to download the Family Calendar
**Advent Retreat  (Sacred Space)
A mini Advent Retreat from your computer!  Sacred Space provides weekly prayers and reflections for each week of Advent that you can also get straight to your email.

*Advent Resources  (EWTN)
Information and resources on the season of Advent from EWTN.
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*Advent Activities
A webpage from Our Sunday Visitor with ideas for activities you can use at home during Advent to emphasize the "reason for the season."
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Reflections for Advent and Christmas
This link to the Our Sunday Visitor website is to a page with some reflections to use in celebrating the Advent season and preparing for Christmas.
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Advent and Christmas Prayers
Another Our Sunday Visitor page with prayers you can use with your family during the Advent and Christmas seasons.

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Advent Prayers and Liturgy
More prayers and resources to use for reflection during the Advent season, from Our Sunday Visitor

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The Advent Wreath
Celebrate Advent with your family by using and making the traditional Advent wreath at home, from Our Sunday Visitor.

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