Advent ResourcesTo the Father, through the Son, in the Holy Spirit!
Advent is the first season in our Liturgical Year. There are four Sundays in Advent and the length depends on Christmas. It can be as long as 28 days, or as short as 22. The season is marked by the violet color of the altar linens, vestments, and the Advent wreath candles. Typically the parish church decorates for Advent in a subdued but celebratory manner. Expectant, preparatory waiting is the theme of Advent. We all collectively journey with Mary and Joseph as they await the birth of their son. We are waiting for the arrival of our Savior!
In our homes we may already have the Christmas decorations up, but it is important to prepare our hearts and souls properly for Christmas, This is where the Church excels, and we want you to have the resources to prepare yourself and your whole Domestic Church for the coming of Christ.
Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary – December 8 (a Holy Day of Obligation)
Fiesta de la Inmaculada Concepción de la Santa Virgen María – Diciembre 8 (Día Santo de Obligación)
Advent Wreath Blessing – Prayer service of blessing plus weekly candle-lighting prayers.
St. Nicholas Prayer Card – print in color and cut out, fold over and glue together. Laminate it to help it last.
Angelus Prayer Card – print in color cut out, fold over and glue together. Laminate it to help it last.
Candy Cane Poem (with explanation) – print several copies of the poem, attach them to candy canes and hand them out to friends, family, students, and neighbors!
Children’s Confession Guide – Including an examination of conscience, how to go to confession, and an Act of Contrition.