The Season of Advent

504px-Adorazione_del_Bambino_-_Beato_AngelicoMeropeAdvent is derived from the Latin word “adventus” meaning “coming.” Advent is the preparation for the coming of Jesus—we prepare our hearts for the coming of the Lord. The Season of Advent begins on the 4th Sunday before Christmas, and ends on December 24th at sundown (when Christmas Eve begins).

I started out trying to list all of the prayers, reflections and readings for Advent here, but in the meantime came across a few wonderful sites that do a much better job! :-)

Here is a lovely Advent site:

http://www.catholic.org/clife/advent/index.php

Daily Scripture Readings for every day during Advent:

http://www.catholic.org/clife/advent/advent.php?id=18

And here is another truly wonderful site which lists all of the prayers of the Mass and the Divine Office:

See:

www.universalis.com

http://www.universalis.com/today.htm

Readings for the Mass

Office of Readings            Terce

Morning Prayer               Sext377px-Braunschweiger_diptychon_adoratio

Evening Prayer                None

 Night Prayer

This site  offers a nice instruction manual on how to pray these prayers (also called Liturgy of the Hours).

See: http://divineoffice.org/liturgy-of-the-hours/how-to-pray-the-liturgy-of-the-hours/

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