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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 2). 
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 fourth week of Advent is LOVE.  The final purple candle in the Advent wreath is lit.  Christmas is just around the corner, and we reflect on the love of God for all of us.  We recall the famous Bible passage of John 3:16: how God showed his love by sending us His Son Jesus through the Incarnation.  We also reflect on the ultimate action of love shown by Christ in giving his life for us on the cross.  We thank God and our Lord Jesus Christ for their love for all of us and to help us show that same love towards everyone.

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..


**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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Children's Advent Calendar
**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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