The season of Advent marks the beginning of the new Liturgical Year in the Church (on December 3). 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.
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.
ADVENT RESOURCES AND LINKS
**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
**Advent Resources (Ignatian Spirituality)
Some great additional Advent resources from Loyola Press, including weekly video reflections, podcasts, contemplation guides, and more
**Advent Resources (USCCB)
Resources, including prayers and a calendar, to celebrate the Advent season, provided by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
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.
VIDEOS ON ADVENT
These are some short videos that offer information and reflections for the Advent season.