Prepare the Way of the Lord: Advent Resources

Updated for Advent 2013.

Advent begins later this year, December 2, so it’s a shorter Advent. I’m excited because there will be one week between Thanksgiving and the first Sunday of Advent — it’s always helpful to have that time to prepare. I’m currently updating some of my plans and files for 2012 (Liturgical Year 2012-13). I haven’t quite finished all my updates, especially for my reading plans, but keep returning to this post for the links and updates:

All my posts on Advent can be found if you choose the category “Advent” in the sidebar. Also in the top menu there is “Living the Liturgical Year”, and the subpage is Advent and Christmas which contains many printable pages I have on this website.

This looks daunting: but don’t be overwhelmed! This is a collection of our family’s traditions over the years. Just be aware of two things: 1) our traditions have developed over time, and more have been added over the years and 2) no year ever looks the same, and not everything is celebrated the same way. Sometimes feasts are not celebrated at all!

For the Christmas season and all related posts, see Christmas is Not Just One Day, But a Season: Resources Page. The Christmas page is less full, so all recipe and cookbook related links will be on that page.

Advent Wreath:

I have created a 2-sided prayer booklet for the Advent Wreath. I wanted to incorporate the new translation of the Collect prayers from the Sunday Masses in Advent, and also incorporate the figures and themes we use during Advent that represent our Salvation History (Isaiah, John the Baptist, Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Joseph).

PDF files:

My Little Advent

Original Blog post
These are Advent cards for each day in Advent and printable Advent and Christmas Calendars for the children.
Individual Files:

Preparing the Manger:
A custom of having a small replica of a manger and the children prepare the manger to be soft for Baby Jesus at Christmas by filling it with straw for each good act or prayer they do.

Jesse Tree

Coloring Pages:

Advent Reading



Liturgical Days in Advent:

First Sunday in Advent, Stir-Up Sunday

Second Sunday in Advent, Dedicated to St. John the Baptist

Third Sunday in Advent, Gaudete Sunday, Dedicated to St. Joseph

December 4: St. John Damascene and St. Barbara
St. John and St. Barbara

December 6, St. Nicholas:

Immaculate Conception, December 8

St. Juan Diego, December 9 and Our Lady of Guadalupe, December 12

St. Lucy, December 13:
Lucia Saint of Light Book Review
St. Lucia
Lucia Dagen at “O Night Divine”
St. Lucy Day Wheat Planting at “O Night Divine” by Mary Machado
St. Lucy Paper Dolls and Unit Study by Paperdali

O Antiphons: December 17-23
O Antiphons Begin
The Great O Antiphons.
Praying the O Antiphons, including O antiphons prayer companion 2013 and O antiphons prayer companion table printout
Food Ideas to Celebrate the O Antiphons at “Catholic Cuisine”
O Antiphon round-up, another article on “O Night Divine”.


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3 thoughts on “Prepare the Way of the Lord: Advent Resources

  1. Thanks for organizing this. It makes it easier for me to plan ahead.I truely appreciate all the effort you go through to make it available to us all. God Bless.

  2. Pingback: Preparing for Advent | Family in Feast and Feria

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