The Season of Advent

 

Advent: the “Little Lent”
Christmas is the “most wonderful time of the year”: trees are trimmed, presents wrapped, and the chilly air signals the coming season of festive warmth. But did you know we’re not really ready for Christmas without first observing a “little Lent?” Read more from the Catholic Apostolate Center.

Beginning the Church’s liturgical year, Advent (from, “ad-venire” in Latin or “to come to”) is the season encompassing the four Sundays (and weekdays) leading up to the celebration of Christmas. Learn more from the USCCB.

“Wait for it….” It’s a popular phrase along pop-culture landscapes. The problem is nobody likes to wait, and yet waiting is a part of life. We wait at the DMV or the grocery store checkout, in line at the post office to mail Christmas packages, for an appointment, a diagnosis, a resolution, a solution, an opportunity, the light at the end of the tunnel, a birth, a death… read more from Franciscan Media.

Learn 6 simple ways to enrich your Advent Season from Busted Halo.

Watch Sunday Mass for Advent on the Diocese of Wilmington’s YouTube Channel. Mass is live-streamed at 9:30 each Sunday morning from the Cathedral of Saint Peter in Wilmington or watch the replay anytime at YouTube.com/DioceseofWilm.

Learn how you can use the Jesse Tree as an Advent devotion for your family. From the Nov. 19, 2022 Catholic Forum podcast:

 

Get tips on how to make Advent more meaningful for families. Listen to this interview with DRE, Cindy Krebs, from a 2020 Catholic Forum podcast:

The Diocesan Youth Leadership Team from the @Catholic Diocese of Wilmington reflects on how to be truly prepared this Advent season. Using Scripture readings and their own experiences, each group provides a brief reflection as we celebrate the hope and expectation in this season leading up to Christmas! 

Week one: