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“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 November 29.

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 lit on the third Sunday.

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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Activities & Events

Advent Events, Faith Sharing, and Retreats around the Diocese

• Arts & Faith for Advent - Loyola Press

Bishop Deeley's Live Advent Family Blessing on December 13

Family Activities - Loyola Press

• Inspirational Activities for all ages

Jesse Tree w/ Ornaments (Diocese of Erie)

Jesse Tree - Loyola Press

Blessings and Prayers  

• Advent Wreath Prayer - CRS

 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

• Family Prayer - Loyola Press

• Lectio Divina - Immaculate Conception

• Lectio Divina - Meditation for Advent

 Nativity Scene Prayer - CRS

 O Antiphons

Prayers for Advent - Loyola Press

• Seasonal blessings of Catholic homes


 Advent Calendar

• Advent Calendar - Catholic Current / USCCB

 Advent Calendar for Adults - Loyola Press

 Children's Calendar - Loyola Press

 Children 's Calendar (Spanish) - Loyola Press

Children's Advent Calendar - Loyola Press

CRS Advent Calendar


Annual Catholic Appeal

Parish Giving opportunities







Readings and teachings

Learn about Advent - Loyola Press

Inspiration During Advent - Loyola Press

• Readings - First Sunday of Advent

 Readings - Second Sunday of Advent

• Readings - Third Sunday of Advent

• Readings - Fourth Sunday of Advent


• Advent Email Series A-Z - Loyola Press

Advent Family Reflections

Best Advent Ever - Dynamic Catholic

• Bishop Robert Barron's Advent Reflections

 Echoing God's Word Reflections

 Ignatian Reflections for Advent

• Inspiration during Advent - Loyola Press

 Pope Benedict XVI's Spiritual Thoughts on Christmas

Saints and Feasts of the Season

Our Lady of Guadalupe Feast Day

 Our Lady of Guadalupe Prayer - CRS

Our Lady of Guadalupe Prayer - St. John Paul II

 Our Lady of Guadalupe Prayer - USCCB

Saint Francis Xavier - Feast: December 3

Saint Lucy - Feast: December 13

Saint Nicholas - Feast: December 6

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

Christmas and Epiphany

Christmas Mass Times

Epiphany Family Activities