Advent is the four weeks prior to Christmas and is a season of preparation for the birth of Christ. There are four Sundays in Advent, the last one being the Sunday before Christmas Eve. In 2013, the Sundays of Advent are December 1, 8, 15, and 22. The word “Advent” comes from the Latin word adventus, which means “coming” or “visit.” In the season with this name, we keep in mind both “advents” of Christ, the first in Bethlehem and the second yet to come.
The focus of Advent is on expectation, anticipation, preparation, and longing. Advent is a period of spiritual preparation in which Christians make themselves ready for the coming of Christ into the world. Celebrating Advent typically involves a season of prayer, fasting and repentance, followed by anticipation, hope and joy.
A search of the Internet will yield many Advent resources. We also offer links to these blogs and reflections.
New as of Dec 9, 2013
The brothers of the Society of St. John the Evangelist offer a digital Advent calendar, available on Pinterest or by e-mail. Click the link below to learn more:
The people of St. Mark’s, San Antonio, have written Advent meditations. Click the link below.
Gail Jackins, Director of Children and Family Ministries at St. Mark’s, has written a family devotional for Advent. Click this link.
booklet for families pdf
Interrupting the Silence
Let Every Heart Prepare from CREDO –
Daily Morning and Evening Prayer
Daily lectionary readings
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