Advent Begins on December 3

Advent Candles

Advent WreathAdvent is the season that begins the Church's liturgical year,.  Advent (from, "ad-venire" in Latin or "to come to") is the season of the four Sundays (and weekdays) leading up to the celebration of Christmas.

Advent is a time of preparation that directs our hearts and minds to Jesus' birth on Christmas day. T he final days of Advent, from December 17 to December 24, focus particularly on our preparation for the celebrations of the Nativity of our Lord (Christmas).

During Advent, we not only prepare ourselves to celebrate the birth of Jesus, but we also check in to see if we are doing all the things that will keep us ready to receive Jesus when he comes again. Talk to your family about how you are doing in attending to your spiritual life as a family. Recommit yourselves to praying daily, reading Scripture, and staying faithful to God’s commandments. Pray together that through this Advent season your family will be more prepared to receive Jesus when he comes again.

God of Love,
Your son, Jesus, is your greatest gift to us.
He is a sign of your love.
Help us walk in that love during the weeks of Advent,
As we wait and prepare for his coming.
We pray in the name of Jesus, our Savior.
Amen.

+ An Advent Family Prayer (from Loyola Press)

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