Advent and Christmas Resources 2016-2017

The Advent Season begins on Sunday, November 27, 2016.  The United States Bishops describe this season as follows:

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

The Advent season is a time of preparation that directs our hearts and minds to Christ’s second coming at the end of time and also to the anniversary of the Lord’s birth on Christmas. The 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)."
Follows are some resources to assist your family in preparing for and celebrating the Advent and Christmas Seasons:
Daily Readings

Lecturas Del Día

Lectio Divina for Advent (USCCB)

Interactive Advent Calendar (USCCB)

Family Advent Calendar (Calendario de Adviento) 2016 (USCCB)

About Advent Wreaths (USCCB)

Blessing of an Advent Wreath (USCCB)

Blessing of a Christmas Tree (USCCB)

Blessing of a Christmas Manger or Nativity Scene (USCCB)

The Jesse Tree

The "O Antiphons" of Advent (USCCB)

Advent Resources from Ignatian Spirituality (Loyola Press)

Praying Advent (Creighton University)

Advent (EWTN.com)

Advent - Fair Trade (Catholic Relief Services)

Interactive Christmas Calendar (USCCB)

Family Christmas Calendar (USCCB)

Calendario de Navidad (USCCB)

Christmas Infancy Narrative (USCCB)

Blessing the Home and Household on Epiphany (USCCB)

Christmas Lesson Plans for Children - Grades 1-3 (Loyola Press)

Christmas Lesson Plans for Children - Grades 4-6 (Loyola Press)

Christmas Lesson Plans for Children - Grades 7-8 (Loyola Press)

Examinations of Conscience (USCCB)

Celebrating Christmas (Creighton University)

Lectio Divina for the Christmas Season (USCCB)
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