In every part of our Advent days, joyful or otherwise, we can turn to God in prayer. These are suggested prayers for a variety of situations. Use them or create prayers from your own heart to meet your own needs. More prayers will be added throughout the weeks of Advent.
Learn about the symbols and traditions associated with Advent, especially the Advent Wreath, Advent calendars, special Advent music, food, processions, and other traditions that may vary from one culture or region to the next.
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.
Statement from Fr. Frank Pavone: Advent is a season rich in pro-life themes, as the world learns from Mary to say Yes to life even in surprising circumstances and learns from Jesus, who became an embryo and a fetus, that life is of unspeakable value even when it is unspeakably small."
On the evening of December 17 the final phase of preparation for Christmas begins with the first of the great "O Antiphons" of Advent. These prayers are seven jewels of liturgical song, one for each day until Christmas Eve.