Advent Resources for All Ages

Advent Resources for Adults and Teens

Advent video in 2 Minutes from Busted Halo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eC0FGQLBp7w

For those interested in the history of Advent and liturgical practices in encyclopedic style: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/01165a.htm

Videos with Bishop Robert Barron:
Advent – the revolution: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jz-l8rEIdEc
The Spirituality of Advent: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MAWnDA5cWD8
Meditations: Waiting in Joyful Hope: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=88NtmtaXFZY

When time permits only one brief prayer a day-print: http://onlineministries.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/Advent/Daily-prayers-01.html

Advent videos: 3 minutes or less from Catholic Digest
Advent 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_70GF1zwsg&t=19s
Advent 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNC0tw_mAI4
Advent 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVY2UOkdoLU
Advent 4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bc4WEkdi6bA

Weekly reflections from Catholic Relief Services, based on the Gospel readings for each Sunday in Advent, that connect the journey that brought Mary and Joseph to the stable with the journey of all those communities around the world that continue to encounter poverty.
First Sunday of AdventEn Español
Second Sunday of AdventEn Español
Third Sunday of AdventEn Español
Fourth Sunday of AdventEn Español

Advent Resources for Families

For parents and grandparents looking for a deeper understanding of Advent and activities to do with the family to increase Advent’s preparatory nature (article): https://www.catholiceducation.org/en/culture/catholic-contributions/catholic-traditions-for- advent-and-christmas.html

Preparing children for Advent http://onlineministries.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/Advent/preparing-children.html

Praying your way through Advent with online reflections Creighton University. This site has suggestions for parents, for children, for life circumstances, for retreats and more http://onlineministries.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/Advent/

The Gift of Hope Tree is an opportunity to invite children and families to consider what gifts the Holy Family might have needed when Mary gave birth to Jesus in a manger, and how those gifts compare to what people who live in poverty might need. They will assemble Gift of Hope Tree ornaments, which feature gifts that donations to Catholic Relief Services provide to people around the world. This activity is a great addition to an intergenerational Advent festival or Christmas bazaar. | En Español

This video (in Spanish only) reflects on the significance of celebrating Las Posadas in the United States and reminds us of our responsibility to welcome the world’s most vulnerable.

Advent prayers–from Catholic Relief Services–of all different styles and for all different ages: https://www.crs.org/resource-center/solr-search?f[0]=field_liturgical_calendar%3A506&f[1]=field_usops_type%3Aprayer

Advent Music

Waiting in Hope music video with photography from the US and Canada by Matt Kawai Studios https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-9s_oG4W9U

Mary’s Song by Amy Grant https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ular4xtYzdo&list=PLLpOl5z7LF2uMSsE23djqP1NbYLXMy6u

Lord Jesus Come by Richard Cootes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3wFE0muUzw8

O Come, O Come Emmanuel in chant-like format by the Robert Shaw Chamber Singers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utb_KhWjI78&list=PLdJI6N10FiP9M_HoU_fbjLq07iI8SY658

Individual and Family Practices for Advent

Coloring pages and more attached to each week’s Gospel readings. Perfect for walking through Advent with children in an age-appropriate way. http://catholicmom.com/kids/catholic- gospel-coloring-worksheets-sunday-mass/

Videos, coloring pages and other advent family activities delivered to your Inbox at no charges http://www.holyheroes.com/Holy-Heroes-Advent-Adventure-s/48.htm

Making a Jesse tree: A Family Activity for Advent video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-a6b6Ac_2s

How to make an Advent wreath video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_cunOkJlLe4

For the crafter or crafting families: patterns for making chrismons, which are gold and white ornaments depicting the many symbols of Jesus Christ. https://www.whychristmas.com/customs/chrismons.shtml