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Advent; A Special Time on the Net

While the season of Advent is not seen commercially as important as that of Christmas itself, we as Catholic Christians realize its significance in the overall scheme of salvation history. As the Season of Advent draws near, we've expanded our search of the Net to include the "latest and best" of sites that deal solely with the season of Advent. It is our hope that these can serve as great starting points for your time of preparation. 

 Advent Background / A Time of Preparation
The liturgies throughout Advent resound with the cries of the Hebrew prophet Isaiah, the voice of Jesus, and John the Baptist's preaching that the Lord is near. It brings to mind the waiting for the promise of salvation which God had given through the prophets for many generations. On the first Christmas, that promise was fulfilled. You can hear their message still ringing through dark winters. The brief meditations on the Gospels for the Sundays of Advent found in this section may help you listen to their voices. Still the best place to start is at American Catholic Online. Their special Advent series: Celebrating the Christmas Cycle: Advent to Epiphany promises to contain newly updated and current features each week during the Season of Advent. Passionist Communications has again put together a great Advent web-site which begins with a time of preparation.

 

Other sites worth visiting:   Liturgical / Spiritual Resources 
 
  • Advent liturgical Readings - From Christusrex.org
  • Advent: Divine Preparations, by Abbot Marmion, O.S.B
  • Watch and Pray for the Lord's Return, John Paul II, Dec. 1, 1996
  • Advent Daily Reflections - from Catholic Update Online
  • An Advent Novena - Fr. William McNichols
  • Advent Meditations - for each week in Advent
  • Prayers and Blessings for Advent - from Fr. Pat Umberger.
  • Advent Activities for Catechists from The Catholic Catechist 

    Advent Music Resources 

  • Choral Music for Advent and Christmas - from Cantante Music Press
  • Choral Music of Ruth Elaine Schram

    The Advent Wreath
    Some of the best narratives of the history and tradition of the Advent Wreath can be found at Domestic Church, and again at the Passionist Community web-site. 



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