Advent: Web Site Reviews
Below is a small selection of links to web sites containing useful resources on Advent for Catholic religion teachers and catechists.
- Saint Anthony Messenger Press has a number of noteworthy pages on Advent: The Advent Wreath; Youth Update ©2001- One a Day During Advent; Ask the Wise Man - Advent Has a Long History; Catholic Update ©2001- Advent Daily Reflections The God-shaped Hole
- The Symbolism of the Advent Wreath by Father Francis J. Peffley. A good brief article outlining the meaning of the components and colors of the Advent Wreath.
- EWTN - The Holy Season of Advent - The calendar is for the year 2000 Advent season (unless it is updated in the next few weeks), but much of the material on these beautifully crafted pages can be useful. There is a reflection, a prayer and a suggested action for each day of Advent. Also of interest is the Blessing Rituals For Advent page. It contains the Order for the Blessing of an Advent Wreath, a Manger Scene,and a Christmas Tree taken from the Catholic Book of Blessings. The shorter versions of these blessings is also included.
- The Liturgical Season: An In-depth Look - An informative article on advent from William H. Sadlier, Inc.
- Family Advent Customs - by Helen McLoughlin - The complete online text of a book published in 1954 and made available by the EWTN web site.
- The History of the Advent Wreath - FR. William Saunders - In spite of the tile, there is little on the "historical" background of the Advent Wreath in this article, but it does contain a useful explanation of the symbolism of the wreath and prayer suggestions.
- Mary Page Advent Calendar - Daily reflections from December 1 to December 25 focussing on Mary in relationship to women in the Old Testament. Click on the numbers on the nativity scene at the bottom of the page.
- The Season of Advent: Anticipation and Hope - Even though this is not a Catholic web site there is much here that a discerning Catholic educator might find useful
- The Genealogy of Jesus - A different ancestor of Jesus is introduced each day from December 1 to December 25.
- The 2002 Advent Calendar - From Saint Margaret Mary Parish in the Diocese of Joliet. For children? Each door can only be opened on or after the date. The suspense is killing me!
- Prayers and Customs for Advent and Christmas - These pages are offered by Fr. Victor Hoagland. Trustworthy information and other resources for the season including prayers and meditations, articles on Advent customs, and even a recipe for gingerbread. Also from Fr. Hoagland and Passionist Publications is Children Pray Advent and Christmas.
- Advent Pilgrims and Citizens of Heaven - "The following prayers along with the verses of the hymn "O Come, O Come, Immanuel", are based on seven prayers from the early church used in the seven days before Christmas. These prayers address Christ using many of the Messianic titles found in the Old Testament."
- Catholic Update ©1999 - Advent Open Wide the Doors To Christ
Elizabeth Bookser Barkley writes:
"As you break open the Advent Scriptures during these first days of the new liturgical year, open your heart to the possibilities of renewal and rebirth. Wait expectantly, vigilantly and quietly for the Word Made Flesh to be more visible in your daily life."
- The Season and Symbolism of Advent
Explains the meaning of advent and the symbolism of the wreath.
- Catholic Information Network (CIN) - Advent and Christmas Reflections Contains six articles to stimulate reflection on the meaning of Advent