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Advent and Christmas: Useful links

PUBLISHED 23 November 2022

A curated selection of useful and inspiring resources and articles from around the web, as well as from The Summit Online, to help you make the most of the Advent and Christmas seasons.

Advent in 2 minutes, produced by Busted Halo—a brief and engaging video explaining the basics of Advent

Information about Advent–Christmas, from the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference

What is Advent?—an overview of the season from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Advent resources from Loyola Press:

Christmas resources from Loyola Press, including Christmas lesson plans for children and a range of Christmas-themed articles

Blessed, the 2021 Advent and Christmas program of the Catholic Diocese of Wollongong—a beautifully designed and thoughtfully written book of daily reflections, which can be ordered through the diocese’s website

New Life in Christa 28-day book of reflections from Evangelisation Brisbane, which can be ordered through their website and used as an Advent resource by individuals and groups, or at any time during the 2021–22 liturgical year

A selection of Advent and Christmas liturgy resources from the Catholic Archdiocese of Perth’s Centre for Liturgy, for Year A, Year B and Year C, including universal prayers, wreath blessings, music selections, children’s liturgy activities, and planning sheets

Advent and Christmas prayers and liturgies from the Catholic Diocese of Auckland: Advent family prayers, the ‘Welcome Home for Christmas’ prayer ritual, and two Christmas Eve home liturgies (an inauguration of the Christmas tree and an inauguration of the Christmas crib)

Creighton University’s ‘Praying Advent’ online resource

An Advent invitation to pray the examen daily, from the Catholic Diocese of Maitland–Newcastle

Advent Examen—a series of articles in Thinking Faith (published by the Jesuits in Britian), exploring how the five stages of the examen—thanksgiving, prayer for the light, examination, sorrow and hope—might guide us through this season of preparation

Advent meditation with Laudato Si’—a four-week series of creation- and ecology-focused Advent reflections by Arthur Jones, a former editor and publisher of NCR, published in 2019 on the EarthBeat website

Caritas Australia’s Advent 2022 Parish Resource—a small-group resource that invites participants to journey through the four weeks of Advent exploring the themes of hope, peace, joy and love, incorporating Scripture, prayer, ritual, reflection, action and song, and focussing on stories from Caritas projects around the world.

Advent resources from Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Wentworthville, with a focus on the liturgical environment for this season, and a useful selection of quotes and directives from relevant Church documents in relation to Advent

From The Summit Online

Extravagant love: Imaging the passion
Is it really Lent without catechumens and the scrutinies?
The Lent environment
The Stations of the Cross: One of Catholicism’s most identifiable traditions
Emerging out of COVID
Two special Masses for the community
Way of the Cross—Year C (Gospel of Luke)
Walking in the Spirit: Plenary Council prayer campaign
New online training program for liturgical ministers
The Easter Vigil: Jesus raises a body for himself
Proclaiming the Word of God during the Lent and Easter seasons  
Mary, women and waiting on God
Celebrating Laudato Si’ Sunday 2022
Resources for Sea Sunday 2022
On the death of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II: prayers of intercession and liturgy notes
Parish resources for Continental Stage of Synod of Bishops
Resources for Red Wednesday 2022
Guidance on the commemoration of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI  
Resources for Word of God Sunday 2023
The blessings of Advent and Christmas
Psalms and liturgical life, psalms and life
Psalmody and hymnody: Scripture in song
An overview of readings for Advent, Year C
Making sense of psalm numbering
Prayer and conversion
The hand examen: A prayer for all
Prayers of blessing and healing in the RCIA: A pocket guide
Inner stillness: Meditation and waiting
Luke: The missionary disciple
The reader of God’s word
Advent: The Grace of Waiting
Music and hymns: Useful links
Prayer: Useful links
Lent and Easter: Useful links 
Word of God Sunday: Useful links
Synod 2021–2023: Information and resources
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