December 1 - 24
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).
Advent devotions including the Advent wreath, remind us of the meaning of the season. Our Advent calendar above can help you fully enter in to the season with daily activity and prayer suggestions to prepare you spiritually for the birth of Jesus Christ. More Advent resources are listed below.
- About Advent Wreaths
- Audio Retreats for the Sundays of Advent
- Blessing of an Advent Wreath
- Blessing of a Christmas Tree
- Commentary on the Proper Prayers of Advent from the Roman Missal
- Blessing of a Christmas Manger or Nativity Scene
- Festival of Lessons & Carols
- Liturgical Notes for Advent
- The "O Antiphons" of Advent
- 2013 Family Calendar | En Español
- Video Reflections on Wisdom
In order to help shape the discussion of next year's Third Assembly of the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops, Pope Francis is asking Catholics to describe the many challenges they face, both spirtual and social, that impact their family life. With an intent to gather this information, the Vatican has provided a questionnaire, which includes a four-page summary of Church teaching and an index to the various categories of questions, followed by the questions themselves. Read More ...
For many years the Diocese of Baton Rouge has been a member of the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions (FDLC), an organization of those working in diocesan and parish pastoral liturgy who advise the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and who work collaboratively with the Bishops to promote the liturgical life of the Church. The FDLC Newsletter offers you some insights into the impact of the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, whose 50th Anniversary is remembered and celebrated now. Click here to read the FDLC Newsletter.