Advent

Advent

Would you like to know more about the history, traditions and practices of Advent? Welcome to just such a place. The links below will lead you to various resources detailing the traditions and history of this holy time.

An Advent Lectionary

Download An Advent Lectionary


Resources of the Church Year

A Basic Overview of the Church Year

An Anglican Prayer Book – A great resource for having the Church Year on hand

A List of Anglican Church Calendars – A Large Variety of Interpretations on the Church Year

Season of the Church Year

A Catholic perspective on the Church Year

Resources on the History and Meaning of Advent

A review of the history of Advent from a liturgical perspective

The season of Advent – A history and review

History and Meaning of the Advent Wreath

History and Forms of the Advent Wreath

A Catholic perspective

Advent Prayers for Lighting the Advent Wreath at Home (also includes a section of prayers for very young children)

Prayers and Blessing for the Advent Wreath at Home

How To Make An Advent Wreath

Information About “Hanging the Green”

A Liturgical Service for Hanging the Green


Other Advent Traditions

The Jesse Tree – How to Make and Include One in Your Home

The Jesse Tree – History & Story

The Feasts & Fasts of Advent

Fast Days Each day, except Sundays & Feast Days

from the first Sunday of Advent until Christmas

Feast Days

December 6 Feast of St. Nicholas
December 8 The Conception of the Virgin Mary
December 24 Christmas Eve
December 25 Christmas Day/The Nativity of Our Lord
December 26 The Feast of St. Stephen
December 27 The Feast of St. John the Evangelist
December 28 Feast of the Holy Innocents
January 1 Feast of Mary the Mother of God
January 6 Feast of the Epiphany
First Sunday after Christmas Holy Family

A List of Recommended Advent Devotionals

God With Us: Rediscovering the Meaning of Christmas (Hardcover)
Scott Cairns (Author), Emilie Griffin (Author), Richard John Neuhaus (Author), Greg Pennoyer (Editor), Gregory Wolfe (Editor)

Watch For The Light: Readings For Advent And Christmas
(Paperback)
Dietrich Bonhoeffer (Author), John Donne (Author), Meister Eckhart (Author), T.S. Eliot (Author), Gerard Manley Hopkins (Author), C. S. Lewis (Author), Thomas Merton (Author), Henri J.M. Nouwen (Author), Philip Yancey (Author)

Simply Wait: Cultivating Stillness in the Season of Advent (Paperback)
Pamela C. Hawkins (Author)

Advent And Christmas Wisdom From Henri J. M. Nouwen: Daily Scripture And Prayers Together With Nouwen’s Own Words
(Redemptorist Pastoral Publication) (Paperback)<
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Advent and Christmas Wisdom From G. K. Chesterton (Paperback)
The Center for the Study of C. S. Lewis and Friends (Author)

Preparing for Jesus: Meditations on the Coming of Christ, Advent, Christmas and the Kingdom (Hardcover)
Walter Wangerin Jr.

Sacred Space for Advent and the Christmas Season 2009-2010 (Paperback)
Jesuit Communication Centre Ireland (Author)

Advent and Christmas Wisdom from St. Francis of Assisi (Paperback)
John V. Kruse (Author)

Advent and Christmas with Thomas Merton
(A Redemptorist Pastoral Publication) (Paperback)
Thomas Merton