Today marks the beginning of Advent, and the season of Advent marks the beginning of the Liturgical year. [This quiet, slow, simple season begins in darkness. As the season goes on, it gradually becomes brighter, as it grows closer to the moment when the light shone in the darkness, when Jesus came to earth through the Incarnation. It doesn’t end there. We remember and celebrate the Incarnation, but truly, we are preparing our hearts for the moment when He will come again.
When the Church celebrates the liturgy of Advent each year, She makes present this ancient expectancy of the Messiah, for by sharing in the long preparation for the Savior’s first coming, the faithful renew their ardent desire for His second coming. [in this] the Church unites Herself to this desire: “He must increase, but I must decrease.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 524)
Just as the Child Jesus grew within Mary’s womb during that very first Advent, we hope that through this present season, you will allow Christ to grow within you. The Catechism teaches, “only when Christ is formed in us, will the mystery of Christmas be fulfilled in us” (526). ] Excerpt from our Advent Planner - available for purchase here
As we embark on this new Liturgical Season, in this new Liturgical Year ... and in a couple of days this new month, we wanted to give you some FREE supplies to help you plan for this journey as we prepare the way of the Lord.
FIRST: a full Calendar for the Season of Advent
It runs November 27th through the end of December and features:
The St. Andrew Christmas Novena (also known as the Christmas Anticipation Prayer)
Major Advent Feast Days
Fun reminders for Advent - (like setting your shoes out for St. Nick and checking Mass times for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception)
Room for you to add your own reminders and tasks to help you to enter into this season prayerfully and intentionally.
Click image to download calendar
SECOND: Liturgical Calendar for the month of December
This month we couldn't choose between an penitential Purple (in honor of the season of Advent) or a festive red design, so we made both and figured we would let you make that tough decision ;)
And for the Ink Savers out there... we have a version for you too!
You can now purchase 3, 6 or 12 month Subscriptions as gifts!!
They're super affordable and come with a free frame AND (!!!) when you give a Physical Print Subscription as a gift, YOU receive a complimentary Digital Download Print Subscription for yourself. win win.