Posted by: liturgicalyear | November 27, 2012

Getting Ready for Advent

Advent is just around the corner, and it’s time to seize the moment in order to make the most of this beautiful season the Church gives us to prepare for the coming of Christ at Christmas.  I thought I’d share some ideas about what you can do this week so that you hit the ground running next week.  Click on any of the links below for details.

Prayer:  In spite of what the culture tells us, advent is a season of repentance.  Be sure to schedule a time to go to confession, if possible bring the kids, too.  This coming Saturday is First Saturday.  Go to Mass and confession and pray the rosary – make this the beginning of your First Saturday Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  Consider praying a novena or adding the Mass or rosary to your day.


  • Participate in a parish Giving Tree program.
  • Volunteer at local soup kitchen or food pantry
  • Help to welcome an unborn child by volunteering at a crisis pregnancy center
  • Reach out to an elderly person in your neighborhood and serve them through the winter.

Things to do with the kids:

Spiritual Reading:

  • Read on your own, or better yet, do a book discussion with some friends.  Over the 4 weeks of Advent, schedule 4 times to get together to discuss a book or part of a book pertinent to the season.  My personal favorite is The Reed of God by Carryl Houselander.
  • Check out these recommended titles at Patheos.
  • If you haven’t already done so, get you Magnificat Advent Companion.

Finally….don’t forget to get your Advent Candles!

Guardian Angels, help us to open our hearts to the grace of the coming season, pray for us!  Anne



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