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Online resources and advent calendars


Advent Season Blessings

Blessing rituals for an Advent Wreath, a Nativity Scene, and a Christmas Tree can be found in the church's Book of Blessings and in Catholic Household Blessings & Prayers. Each of these blessings may be led by a lay person.  Blessings are available online from the USCCB.


Advent Resource Pages


Advent and Christmas Season - USCCB

Definitive Guide to Advent - Our Sunday Visitor

Advent at AmericanCatholic.Org 

Advent Resources - Loyola Press

Advent in 2 Minutes

Explanation of Advent from Busted Halo


Catechist Resources

Advent Resources at Catechist's Journey

Shared Advent Ideas at Catholic Catechist

Online Advent Calendars

In the 1800s, German Lutherans would countdown the days to Christmas with chalk marks on the door or candles or handmade calendars. Around 1908, printer Gerhard Lang produced a calendar on which one would attach a small picture each day for 24 days. He later printed calendars with doors to open. These became popular and spread through Europe and to the US. In recent years, this Advent tradition has been adapted to the online world. Here are a few:

Busted Halo's Advent Surprise Calendar

Marian Advent Calendar by the University of Dayton

Online Advent Calendar from St. Margaret Mary, Illinois

Children's Advent Calendar by Loyola Press

Adult Advent Calendar by Loyola Press

Liturgies of Advent

Liturgy Preparation Aid for Seasons of Advent and Christmas  (Español)


Whole-Community Catechesis for Advent


Advent Intergenerational Event - Loyola Press




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