The first day of Advent heralds the beginning of the Catholic Church’s new year. Advent (from ‘ad-venire’ in Latin or “to come to”) is the Church season encompassing the four Sundays and weekdays leading up to the celebration of Christmas. Advent is a time of spiritual preparation for the Lord’s coming at Christmas. Advent also prepares us for the second coming of Christ at the end of time.
Please use the link below to see an interactive Advent Calendar, courtesy of the Irish Bishops Conference. It went live on the first Sunday of Advent – 27th November 2016. The numbers on the doors are the days in Advent and not the dates of the month: Day 1 = Sunday 27 November, Day 2 = Monday 28 November.
The content of the Advent Calendar includes: an audio thought for the day; quotes from Amoris Laetitia; Mass Reading and Saint of the Day; Advent videos; Advent music; video and text reflections from Pope Francis and Irish bishops, clergy and young and old parishioners; excerpts from the Bible and Catechism; resources for Advent and Christmas from Veritas; information on the work of Crosscare and the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul; and Advent and Christmas messages from Irish bishops in preparation for the Nativity of Our Lord.
Queries relating to the Advent Calendar should be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org.