ADVENT, A TIME TO WAIT, WATCH AND PREPARE
ADVENT, A TIME OF HOPE AND JOY
ADVENT, A TIME OF PEACE AND REMEMBRANCE
ADVENT, A TIME FOR FAMILY PRAYER
The Church, in all her wisdom, sets aside the four weeks of Advent to begin the liturgical year. It is a time of waiting, of preparation, of prayer. It is a time in which we reawaken our families to the joyous events of our faith, the annunciation, the calling of Mary to be the Mother of Christ and a model of faith and discipleship for us, the invitation of Saint Joseph to be a father to Jesus and the birth of Jesus, the Savior of the World. Jesus came in history and was born into a family and He continually comes into our lives and into our family each day through our faith. Advent is a time to remember these events and bring them to life in our daily living and prayer.
The Gospel of Matthew reminds us to be ready for the Son of Man will come again. What does it mean to ”be ready?” And how can we help our family to be “ready?” One way would be to make a commitment to reserve some time each day during Advent to be quiet, to be alone with God. Where can we carve out time and space in our busy schedule to be with God, to prepare for the coming Christ and to welcome God into our hearts and into our troubled world?
As a spiritual activity the Family Rosary invites you to pray the Rosary with your family
One of the joys of Advent and preparation for Christmas is cooking. See and try some of the recipes on the Catholic Cuisine site.
Another wonderful source of Advent Family activities are offered by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Combined with the fun of these activities such as the Jesse Tree is the joy of learning the history of Christ’s ancestry through the Scriptures.