Advent and Christmas Spiritual Resources 2020

The Advent Season begins on Sunday, November 29, 2020. The United States Bishops describe this season as follows:
Beginning the Church's liturgical year, Advent (from, ad-venire in Latin or 'to come to') is the season encompassing the four Sundays (and weekdays) leading up to the celebration of Christmas. The Advent season is a time of preparation that directs our hearts and minds to Christ’s second coming at the end of time and also to the anniversary of the Lord’s birth on Christmas. The final days of Advent, from December 17 to December 24, focus particularly on our preparation for the celebrations of the Nativity of our Lord (Christmas).
Follows are some resources to assist your family in preparing for and celebrating the Advent and Christmas Seasons:

Daily Readings

Lecturas de Hoy

Lectio Divina (USCCB)

Lectio Divina en Español (USCCB)

Advent Season (USCCB)

Advent Calendar 2020 (USCCB)

Calendario de Adviento 2020 ((USCCB)

About Advent Wreaths (USCCB)

Blessing of an Advent Wreath (USCCB)

Blessing of a Christmas Tree (USCCB)

Blessing of a Christmas Manger or Nativity Scene (USCCB)

The Jesse Tree (Loyola Press)

The "O Antiphons" of Advent (USCCB)

Advent Resources from Ignatian Spirituality (Loyola Press)

Praying Advent (Creighton University)

Praying Advent with Pope Francis' Exhortation, "The Joy of the Gospel"

"Four Gifts for You This Advent" (Loyola Press)

Advent Resources During the Pandemic

Advent (

Resources for Advent (Jesuit Institute)

Advent Season (National Catholic Education Assoc)

Christmas Season (USCCB)

Christmas Calendar (Calendario de Navidad) 2019-2020 (USCCB)

Christmas Infancy Narrative (USCCB)

Narracion Navidena Infantil

Blessing the Home and Household on Epiphany (USCCB)

Christmas Lesson Plans for Children - Grades 1-3 (Loyola Press)

Christmas Lesson Plans for Children - Grades 4-6 (Loyola Press)

Christmas Lesson Plans for Children - Grades 7-8 (Loyola Press)

Examinations of Conscience (USCCB)

Celebrating Christmas (Creighton University)
"Rejoice! Advent Meditations with Mary" (Ascension Press)

"Prepare the Way of the Lord"

"Prayer for Advent in 2020"

"What is Advent"

Advent 2020 - Daily Lenten Reflections (Catholic Health Association)

"Advent in 2 Minutes" (Busted Halo)

"What Tomorrow Brings"

"Advent, More than a Chocolate Calendar" (Fr. Mike Schmitz)

"The Advent Revolution" (Bishop Robert Barron)

"The Spirituality of Advent" (Bishop Robert Barron)

"Naming What We All Know" (Bishop Robert Barron's)

"Are We Doing Advent Wrong" (Fr. Mike Schmitz)

"Waiting for Christmas" (Fr. Mike Schmitz)

"Advent is Coming - Are You Ready?" (Breaking the Habit)

"Preparing for Advent/Christmas" (A Catholic Mom's Life)

"Best Practices for Advent" (Patrick Coffin)

"The Season of Advent" (Catholic Online)

"What is Advent?"

"Christmas" (Bishop Robert Barron)
"Wait for the Lord"

"Comfort, Comfort, O My People"

"People Look East"


"Let Us Go Rejoicing" (Psalm 122)

"Justice Shall Flourish in His Time" (Psalm 72)

"Lord Come and Save Us" (Psalm 146)

"Let the Lord Enter; He is King of Glory (Psalm 24)

"Creator of the Star of Night"

"Breath of Heaven"

"Son of God"

"When Love Was Born"


"Wake, O Wake, and Sleep No Longer"

"When the King Shall Come Again"

"Gloria, In Excelis Deo"

"In Dulci Jubilo"

"Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus"

"Jesus, Come to Us"

"O Come, Divine Messiah"

"The Angel Gabriel from Heaven Came"

"O Holy Night"

"Gloria in Excelis Deo"

"Away in a Manger"

"Hark the Herald Angels Sing"

"Messiah - Hallelujah Chorus"

"O Come, O Come, Emmanuel"

"Angels We Have Heard on High"

"What Child is This?"

"For Unto Us a Child is Born"

"Holy is His Name"

"Immaculate Mary"

"Silent Night"

"Joy to the World"

"The First Noel"

"Adeste Fidelis"

"O Come All Ye Faithful"

"Angels from the Realm of Glory"

"Feliz Navidad"

"Little Drummer Boy"

"What Child is This?" (Instrumental)

"O Little Town of Bethlehem"

"Do You Hear What I Hear?"

"Mary Did You Know?

"Come Lord, Maranatha"

"Come Lord, Jesus"


"Waiting in Silence"

"Come Thou Long Expected Jesus"

"Salve Regina"

"Ave Maria"

"Christ Be Our Light"

"Mary's Boy Child"

"We Three Kings of Orient Are"

"Good King Wenceslas"

"Happy Birthday Jesus"

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