Resources for Advent

Advent is the season of preparation for Christmas.

The first Sunday of Advent is the beginning of the Christian year.

Advent Assembly PowerPoint
A PowerPoint introduction to Advent. It is suggested that you leave the final slide up and the music playing while you light the first candle on your own Advent Wreath.
Advent Assembly (2m 45s)
Blessing of the Advent Wreath

Prayer of Blessing
United States Catholic Bishops' Conference

Lord our God,
we praise you for your Son, Jesus Christ:
he is Emmanuel, the hope of the peoples,
he is the wisdom that teaches and guides us,
he is the Saviour of every nation.
Lord God,
let your blessing come upon us
as we light the candles of this wreath.
May the wreath and its light
be a sign of Christ’s promise
to bring us salvation.
May he come quickly and not delay.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
R/. Amen.

Advent Films

Advent in 2 Minutes
A Busted Halo video
Advent in 2 Minutes (2m 10s)

He Came
A short reflection on the coming of Christ
He Came (1m 41s)

A short reflection on what Advent is about.
Advent (2m 13s)
Advent Conspiracy
A pacy film on doing something different for Christmas.
Advent Conspiracy (1m 37s)
Advent Images
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Advent Wreath with animated candles

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Advent Wreath 1
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Advent Wreath 2
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Advent Wreath 3
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The Advent 'O' Antiphons
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Advent Texts

Advent Calendar
Rowan Williams

He will come like last leaf's fall.
One night when the November wind
has flayed the trees to bone, and earth
wakes choking on the mould,
the soft shroud's folding.
He will come like the frost.
One morning when the shrinking earth
opens on mist, to find itself
arrested in the net
of alien, sword-set beauty.
He will come like dark.
One evening when the bursting red
December sun draws up the sheet
and penny-masks its eye to yield
the star-snowed fields of sky.
He will come, will come
will come like crying in the night,
like blood, like breaking,
as the earth writhes to toss him free.
He will come like child.

An Advent Prayer
adapted from Advent Preface II

In praise and thanksgiving,
let us rejoice as we await our Saviour,
Christ the Lord,
Prince of peace.
For all the oracles of the prophets foretold him;
the Virgin Mary longed for him with love beyond all telling;
John the Baptist sang of his coming
and proclaimed his presence when he came.
It is by his gift that we already rejoice at the mystery of his nativity,
so that he may find us watchful in prayer
and exultant in his praise.

Christmas Eve
Christina Georgina Rossetti (1820-94)

Christmas hath darkness
Brighter than the blazing noon,
Christmas hath a chillness
Warmer than the heat of June,
Christmas hath a beauty
Lovelier than the world can show:
For Christmas bringeth Jesus,
Brought for us so low.

Earth, strike up your music,
Birds that sing and bells that ring;
Heaven hath answering music
For all Angels soon to sing:
Earth, put on your whitest
Bridal robe of spotless snow:
For Christmas bringeth Jesus,
Brought for us so low.

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