Encountering God's Presence during Advent
The word Advent is from the Latin adventus for "coming" and is associated with the four weeks of preparation for Christmas. As a Church, we enter Advent with an attitude of waiting and anticipation. We are not just waiting for the glorious celebration of Christ coming into our world that first Christmas day. We are also waiting for the time when Christ returns in all His glory, when peace will reign, and justice will be restored. And the question of Advent is: are we ready? This attitude of waiting and anticipation sharply contrasts with the world around us. The hustle and bustle of preparations, writing Christmas cards, shopping for that right gift and decorating the house overshadows the true meaning of Advent. Take time this year to balance the busyness of the season with the quiet, watchfulness of waiting.
What's Advent all about?
Advent video in 2 Minutes from Busted Halo
Are you interested in the history of Advent and liturgical practices in encyclopedic style?
Advent –the revolution. Video with Bishop Robert Barron
For parents and grandparents looking for a deeper understanding of Advent and activities to do with the family to increase Advent’s preparatory nature (article)
Preparing children for Advent
Be inspired this Advent through prayer or music
When time permits only one brief prayer a day-print
Advent videos 3 minutes or less from Catholic Digest:
Bishop Barron on the spirituality of Advent video
Bishop Barron video meditations for Advent: Waiting in Joyful Hope
Waiting in Hope music video with photography from the US and Canada by Matt Kawai Studios
Mary’s Song by Amy Grant
Lord Jesus Come by Richard Cootes Upbeat and simple. Children and teens may like this.
O Come, O Come Emmanuel in chant-like format by the Robert Shaw Chamber Singers
Praying your way through Advent with online reflections Creighton University. This site has suggestions for parents, for children, for life circumstances, for retreats and more
Fun Activities for Individuals and Families
Coloring pages and more attached to each week’s Gospel readings. Perfect for walking through Advent with children in an age-appropriate way.
Videos, coloring pages and other advent family activities delivered to your Inbox at no charges
Making a Jesse tree: A Family Activity for Advent video
How to make an Advent wreath video
For the crafter or crafting families: patterns for making chrismons, which are gold and white ornaments depicting the many symbols of Jesus Christ.
(Resources prepared by Deborah Stollery, Conspirita Consulting Network, LLC firstname.lastname@example.org)