Celebrated over four weeks, from Dec. 1-24 this year, Advent is a time of joyful preparation and conversion leading up to Christmas day and the season of Christmas that follows. During Advent, we direct our hearts and minds to the anniversary of our Lord’s birth on Christmas and to Christ’s second coming at the end of time.

 

Born a helpless infant to humble parents in a stable in Bethlehem 2,000 years ago, Jesus never looked like a king. His arrival on earth, signaled by a rising star and the angel’s proclamation, drew the attention of lowly shepherds and noble wise men who sought out and honored Jesus, the newborn king.

Related

Pope Francis issues new Apostolic Letter, “Admirabile signum,” on the meaning and importance of the nativity scene
(News story from NCR | Read the pope’s letter on the Vatican website)

Christ is a king who came for all humankind. He is the fulfillment of God’s promise of salvation. Instead of spending his days seated on a throne in a luxurious palace, Jesus traveled from town to town healing the sick, teaching, and forgiving sins. Instead of surrounding himself with a royal court and people of privilege, he spent his time with tax collectors, prostitutes, the poor, and the forgotten. His eventual death on a cross and glorious resurrection offers all people the promise of life beyond death.

Join us this Advent in getting to know better the original royal family, and in preparing to receive Jesus, the one true king, into our hearts and lives.

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Advent and winter programming at the:

Catholic Information Center | Dominican Center at Marywood | Franciscan Life Process CenterLakeshore Academy for the New Evangelization (LANE)

Additional resources

Interactive Advent Calendar (USCCB)
Advent Resources from the (Catholic Apostolate Center | Creighton University’s Online Ministries)
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