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Advent

 

“Advent...returns us to the horizon of hope, a hope that does not disappoint because it is founded on the Word of God." - Pope Francis

Advent, the four-week period leading up to Christmas, is a season filled with anticipation. The word Advent comes from "ad-venire" in Latin, meaning "to come to."  The season is a time of preparation for the celebration of Our Lord's birth. It is a time to celebrate the way in which the Lord comes into our lives every day.  And, it is a time to look forward in hope to the second coming of Jesus in his glory.  Advent begins with First Vespers (Evening Prayer 1) on the Sunday closest to November 30, this year on December 2.

The color for the Advent season is purple, signifying that, just as with Lent, it is a time of heightened prayer, penance and preparation so that we may be truly ready for the Lord's coming.  However, on the Third Sunday of Advent, known as Gaudete Sunday, the color of priests' vestments changes to rose.  Gaudete is taken from the first word of the Latin Entrance Antiphon for this day, meaning "rejoice." It is the Church's way of noting that the time for the celebration of the Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord is drawing near.

Advent is often celebrated with the lighting of an Advent wreath, comprised of one rose and three purple candles.  Candles are lit progressively each week, with the rose candle being lit on the Third Sunday of Advent.

Advent Prayer

We long for your coming, Lord Jesus.  Our hearts are empty until you fill them with your presence. As we prepare to celebrate the feast of your historical coming, fill us with your Spirit so that we may be prepared for your Second Coming, when we will enjoy your presence forever. Amen 

Advent Resources

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 Advent Calendar

 Advent Calendar (Spanish)

Advent Events around the Portland Diocese

 Advent Interactive Calendar

• Advent Wreath Prayer - CRS

Best Advent Ever - Dynamic Catholic

• Bishop Robert Barron's Advent Reflections

 Blessing of an Advent Wreath

 Blessing of a Christmas Tree

 Blessing of a Christmas Tree - Loyola Press

• Blessing of a Manger

Blessing of Ornaments - Loyola Press

Children's Advent Calendar - Loyola Press

Christmas Mass Times

CRS Advent Calendar

 Echoing God's Word Reflections

Family Activities - Loyola Press

Family Advent Calendar

Family Advent Calendar (Spanish)

 Ignatian Reflections for Advent

Jesse Tree with Ornaments (Diocese of Erie)

• Lectio Divina - Meditation for Advent

Light is On - Sacrament of Reconciliation

Inspiration During Advent - Loyola Press

 Nativity Scene Prayer - CRS

 O Antiphons

Our Lady of Guadalupe Feast Day

 Our Lady of Guadalupe Prayer - CRS

 Our Lady of Guadalupe Prayer - USCCB

 Pope Benedict XVI's Spiritual Thoughts on Christmas

Prayers for Advent - Loyola Press

Saint Nicholas

Season of Advent - Fr. Michael Seavey

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception