Advent Calendar: 

The first day of Advent heralds the beginning of the Catholic Church’s new year.  Advent (from ‘ad-venire’ in Latin or “to come to”) is the Church season encompassing the four Sundays and weekdays leading up to the celebration of Christmas.  Advent is a time of spiritual preparation for the Lord’s coming at Christmas.  Advent also prepares us for the second coming of Christ at the end of time.

We are delighted to be bringing you our online interactive Advent Calendar again this year.  It will go live on the First Sunday of Advent on 1 December 2019.

Now in its sixth year, the online Advent Calendar is offering resources for the parish, school and the home which are available behind a virtual door each day during the season of Advent.  Behind each door there will be content aimed at assisting people to pray and to reflect on how best we can keep Christ at the centre of our Christmas preparations during this special liturgical season.

The calendar has family prayers and suggestions for #LivingAdvent – acts of kindness or charity that all of us are encouraged to undertake during the month of December. The Advent Calendar will also share tips on how families can care for our common home by having a more sustainable Christmas.

We hope you will join us this year to #ShareTheJourney through Advent!

Note: The virtual doors above cannot be opened ahead of their actual date. All content will go live in the early hours of each morning.

Queries relating to the Advent Calendar should be addressed to bdrumm@catholicbishops.ie.