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Praying Advent - for the 2024 Church Liturgical Year, which begins with the First Sunday of Advent: December 3rd, 2023. Sundays: Year B. Weekdays: Year II

Every Day/Week by Week

Daily Advent Prayers:
Each week of Advent have Daily Prayers that are designed to be used by individuals or families or groups.
Read this Guide to Daily Advent Prayer.

First Week
December 3rd - 9

Second Week
December 10-16

Third Week
December 17-23

Fourth Week
December 24

Celebrating Christmas
December 25, 2023 - January 8, 2024

For Parish Bulletins:
Announcing this Resource
- Free Bulletin Inserts

Reflecting on the O Antiphons

When time permits only one, brief prayer a day

Advent Audios:
An Advent Parish Mission in Two Nights
Andy Alexander, SJ & Maureen McCann Waldron: Listen at your computer or download to listen on the go. A two night reflection on Advent by the Online Ministries team.

Brief Audio Reflections for Advent
Andy Alexander, SJ & Maureen McCann Waldron

Pre-Praying with Advent
Fr. Larry Gillick, S.J. & Fr. Greg Carlson, S.J.

Fr. Larry Gillick, S.J. - A 2013 Advent Retreat

Fr. Larry Gillick, S.J. - A 2012 Advent Retreat

Fr. Larry Gillick, S.J. - A 2005 Advent Retreat

Advent Videos:

Advent Thoughts:
Larry Gillick, SJ: a 2 min video

Reflecting on Advent:
a video by Jim Clifton, SJ

Advent and Mercy: A Reflection on Mercy:
A video talk by Amy Hoover

A Video of a talk by Maureen Waldron:
The Season of Waiting - Our God Who Is Waiting for us

A rich and powerful
season of the Church year. 

We often miss Advent's power because these December weeks are full of secular Christmas parties and preparations for Christmas.  Each year, the busyness of this season serves to distract us from having an Advent season that truly prepares us for the celebration of Christmas, with all its meaning. This site offers simple ways to enter into this Advent season, week by week, in the midst of our everyday lives. 

These reflections are for adults.

They are prepared, however, to draw children in.  They are resources to help us adults with the un-named anticipation or longing in our hearts.  They allow us to enter into the experience of our darkness and therefore to give glory to God for the Light.

An Advent Day of Recollection:
Two presentations on

"Hope: A Shard of Light in Our Shadows"

John Schlegel, S.J. - Dec., 2014

Advent - The Always New: A reflection by Luis Rodriguez, S.J. on the Incarnation, the Gestation and Nativity of Jesus - 2021

Praying Advent with Pope Francis'
Exhortation, "The Joy of the Gospel."

Part I: A Joy Ever New, A Joy Which is Shared

Part II: The Delightful and Comforting Joy of Evangelizing

Part III: The New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Faith

Part IV: Chapter One:
The Church's Missionary Transformation
Part One: A Church Which Goes Forth

The Spirituality of Pope Francis
A parish retreat in Audio and Video formats with Andy Alexander, S.J. and Maureen Waldron

Site Index
Visit the Site Index frequently,
to see all the resources for Advent and Christmas, including those that are added throughout Advent.

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Resources from this Site

Praying Advent Resources
Recursos de oración de Adviento

Entering Into Advent:

What Can Advent Mean for Me? / ¿Qué puede signifcar el Adviento para mí?

An Advent Mission in Two Nights
Praying with Jesus in the Womb
Elizabeth Remembers
A Parent Reflects on Joseph & Mary

The Three Comings of Jesus

Dinner Prayers for the First Part of Advent
Dinner Prayers for the Second Part of Advent

Doing Service in Advent
Experiencing Advent Deeply for Busy People
Desiring Patient Fidelity  
Holding Hands with God: Pondering Isaiah

Learning Perseverance in Difficult Times
Reconciliation and Healing

Praying Advent as Parents
Advent While Caring for Our Parents
How Holy Can My Family Be?
A Family Christmas Guide for Newlyweds - and Beyond

Praying with Isaiah during Advent
Holding Hands with God: pondering Isaiah

A Reflection on the Manger

Praying for Peace with Elizabeth and Mary
Reflecting on Violence at this time of Year

Advent Prayers

Oraciones de adviento en español

Advent Emails
to send to friends and loved ones

Praying with Imagination in Advent:
Using our Imaginations for Ignatian Contemplations for the Second Part of Advent

The Annunciation

Contemplating with Joseph

Elizabeth Remembers

Contemplating the Visitation with Zechariah

Praying for Peace with Elizabeth and Mary

"Holidays are especially hard for people who are sick, not only because of the isolation caused by their illness, but their inability to get around often means they can’t participate in the ways they used to.   Gift-giving occasions can be especially challenging for those who are hospitalized or housebound.  We could help out by getting a gift list from someone unable to shop and offer to buy and wrap their gifts for them."   

From "Visit the Sick" in the Rediscovering the Corporal Works of Mercy page.

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