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: Advent Seasonal Feature - Advent FAQs - Catholic Saints of Advent - Advent Wreath: Popular Symbol of Advent - Advent Archive
- EWTN - The Holy Season of Advent - 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.
- 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 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!
- 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 Information Network (CIN) - Advent and Christmas Reflections Contains six articles to stimulate reflection on the meaning of Advent