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Advent comes from the Latin word meaning "coming." Jesus is coming, and Advent is intended to be a season of preparation for His arrival. While we typically regard Advent as a joyous season, it is also intended to be a period of preparation, much like Lent. Prayer, penance and fasting are appropriate during this season.

Advent is not as strict as Lent, and there are no rules for fasting, but it is meant to be a period of self-preparation. The purple color associated with Advent is also the color of penance. The faithful should fast during the first two weeks in particular and receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

The color of the Third Sunday of Advent is rose. This color symbolizes joy and represents the happiness we will experience when Jesus comes again. The Third Sunday is a day of anticipatory celebration. It is formerly called "Gaudete" Sunday; gaudete means "rejoice" in Latin.

Finally, Sundays during Advent, just as during Lent, should not be given to fasting, but instead to celebration because we celebrate the resurrection of Our Lord every Sunday. It is important to remember, however, there are no particular rules for how the laity should observe Advent.


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What is Advent?

What is Advent?

Advent? What is it all about

The word Advent derives from the Latin word meaning coming. The Lord is coming. We may reflect that every year at this time we celebrate his coming , so that in a sense we can lose the feeling of expectancy and joyful anticipation, because at the end of the season, everything seems to return to pretty much the same routine. If that is the case, then our preparation may have been lacking ... continue reading

The Christmas Story

The Christmas Story

Christmas Story explained

To become the mother of the Savior, Mary "was enriched by God with gifts appropriate to such a role."132 The angel Gabriel at the moment of the annunciation salutes her as "full of grace". In fact, in order for Mary to be able to give the free assent of her faith to the announcement of her vocation, it was necessary that she be wholly borne by God's grace... continue reading

Mary, Mother of God

Mary Speaks From the Heart

A surprised Mary is afraid
A perplexed Mary is confused
An astonished Mary is faithful

A Young Mother Gives Birth

Making a difficult Journey
Facing difficult circumstances
The Fruit of Thy Womb...

Mary Remembers

The Angel's Visit
The conversation with Joseph
The Visit to Elizabeth

Jesus, Beloved Son

A Birth Foretold

God speaks to Adam
Isaiah speaks to Israel
An Angel Speaks to Joseph

The Witnesses Gather

Watched from Heaven
Watched from Darkness
Watched by Man

The Plan Unfolds

Not just any child
Not just any destiny
Not just any result


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Daily Scripture Readings for Advent

Advent Daily Readings

The weeks of Advent remind us to set aside some of the hectic business of the holiday season, and to quietly reflect on the promise of the baby born in Bethlehem 2000 years ago. The Bible readings listed below relate to the Advent themes of waiting, preparation, light in the darkness, and the coming of the promised Messiah. continue reading


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Blasphemous 'Santa vs. Jesus' board game featuring Virgin Mary and racy pictures sparks controversy Watch

Image of Santa vs. Jesus board game sparks controversy.

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Two actors joined forces to create a stunningly inappropriate board game in the name of fun - but many have hailed the game as "blasphemous" and encouraging of ignorance. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - David McGranaghan and Julian Miller created the concept of an ... continue reading


'We still continue living with love' - Heartsick Iraqi Christians in U.S. plan powerful midnight Mass Watch

Image of Iraqi Christians in America pray to reunite with loved ones by Christmas.

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Iraqi Christians who relocated to the United States admit this Christmas will be difficult without their loved ones, who remain trapped beneath the bloody boots of the Islamic State. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Firaz Rassam is a Christian who relocated to ... continue reading


St. Nicholas: Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Watch

Image of St. Nicholas is the patron saint of children, Russia, Greece, Sicily, sailors, prisoners, bakers, and pawnbrokers.

By Peg Luksik

Nicholas is the patron saint of children, Russia, Greece, Sicily, sailors, prisoners, bakers, and pawnbrokers.  His image is second only to Mary's in religious icons of both the Eastern and Western churches.The stories of his generosity and kindness are ... continue reading


Adorable video shows children hilariously explain the story of Christmas Watch

Image of The 'Christmas According to Kids' video has gone viral.

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

The Southland Christian Church used adults to recreate children's versions of the reason for the season. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The hilarious film was posted to YouTube Christmas Eve last year. The three-minute short features adults lip-syncing to ... continue reading


How many of these 10 little-known facts about St. Nicholas do YOU know? Watch

Image of St. Nicholas was known for more than just giving gifts to kids.

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

In honor of St. Nicholas' feast day, December 6, take a moment to see how well you really know the beloved saint. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Every boy and girl knows Jolly Old Saint Nick, after all, he is the snowy-bearded, rosy-cheeked gift-giver children ... continue reading


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