Growing our relationship with Jesus starts with prayer. You can start simply: take some time to reflect and listen; say a familiar prayer; open up Scripture and see what speaks to you; utilize resources to assist you on the journey. Below you’ll find links to prayers and other spiritual nourishment to guide you through Advent and beyond.
- Scripture – The Bible is the ultimate resource
- What do Catholic’s believe?
- Daily Mass Reading in Spanish
Devotionals and Guided prayer -
Devotionals are guides that help you plan your spiritual journey, focusing on scripture reading, reflection, and prayer. You can find devotionals for all liturgical seasons and situations, we have linked a few of our favorites for this Advent season below.
- Hay became Holy: 2021 Advent Devotional
- Memento Mori: An Advent Companion on The Last Things
- Subscribe to Daily email devotions from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
- Hallow Prayer and Meditation app
Hallow is an app that offers guided meditations and prayer and tips on how to pray certain prayers and novenas. Join them on their 25 days of prayer for Advent!
The Theology of Advent –
- “Show us Your Love” – Waiting Together in Joyful Hope
- Bishop Sharfenberger’s Column - Reclaim Advent
- Feel confident celebrating more traditional Advent traditions! (This column was originally published in 2016)
Further reading, watching and listening:
- (As mentioned in Bishop Ed’s Column) Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s book Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives
- Bishop Robert Barron- Advent: Dreaming Big
- Ascension Presents – Advent: More Than a Chocolate Calendar
Understanding Advent –
Haven't been to Mass in a while and wondering where to start? Start by getting to know Jesus again through prayer. It doesn't matter how long it’s been since you have been to Mass. You are always invited to encounter Jesus in the Mass. Just remember that due to COVID many Mass schedules are limited or changed. It's best to check with your local parish before planning to attend.
If you can't attend Mass in person, you can attend Mass via livestream. Find a livestream.
More to explore
- Advent Playlist
- Advent Wreath Blessing
- Christmas Tree Blessing
- Advent at Ephesus
- The St. Andrew Christmas Novena
- The Oh Antiphons of Advent
- Advent journal and devotional
- The Giving Manger
- Catholic All Year Round
- Unwrapping the Greatest Gift: A Family Celebration of Christmas
- Names of Jesus – Advent Ornament Book
- Tidbits: December 2021 Newsletter