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..
The season of Advent marks the beginning of the new Liturgical Year in the Church (on November 29). 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.
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.
**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.
*Videos on Advent
These are some short videos that offer information and reflections for the Advent season.