Diocese of Joliet

Home » Christian Life » Young Adult Ministry » Advent 2021

Young Adult Ministry

About Us
Lent 2021
#Quarantine Life
Church Re-opening
Who and Where
Calendar of Events
Theology on Tap
Theology on Tap - Year Round
Sports Leagues
Pilgrimages & More
Service Opportunities
Our Newsletter
Mission Trips
Advent 2021

advent resources

YAM Weekly Advent Podcast


Advent is a time of expectant waiting and hopeful anticipation before Christmas. We’re waiting for God to come into our lives as a baby and watching for God’s presence in the world around us. We have listed a few things that will help you prepare for this special season that is all about preparing our hearts for the coming of Christ. How will you live Advent this year? 

Advent Practices

There are a few Advent practices that can help best prepare our hearts and minds for the Advent season. Here are a few examples of Advent practices that you can try this season:

Advent Wreath: One of the best ways to prepare for the Advent season is to light an Advent wreath for each week of Advent. Lighting the candles every week is usually accompanied by prayers. Here is an example of prayers that may be used when lighting the Advent wreath:

Advent Calendar: Similar to the advent devotional, an advent calendar helps countdown the days to Christmas. Usually there could be chocolate or candy in an Advent calendar but perhaps reading a prayer or reading an Advent devotional could be used to supplement the use of an Advent calendar.

Advent Penance Services: Advent is also referred to as a little Lent so one of the best ways to participate in the Advent season is to participate in an advent penance service. Confession is a way of drawing us closer to Christ during the season. Many parishes offer advent penance services - find a parish in our diocese near you.

Advent Devotional: Another way of building up one’s relationship with God during Advent is to read from an Advent devotional. This can take different forms. You could check out a book of Advent devotionals or sign up for a digital Advent daily reflection series. Check out the sections on Advent resources and thoughtful websites and articles to learn more about Advent devotionals:

Thoughtful Blogposts, articles and videos:

Great collection of resources: video, reading material and practices: 

Advent Resources - IgnatianSpirituality.com

Contains helpful links to the many resources offered at the USCCB such as an Advent calendar of reflections, Lectio divina and other prayer practices: 

Advent - USCCB Resources - Catholic Apostolate Center

Father Mike Schmitz offers a helpful reflection entering the 2019 Advent season: 

(11) The True Meaning of Advent - YouTube

Daily Reflections for Advent from Bishop Barron 

Get FREE Advent Gospel Reflections from Bishop Robert Barron (dailycatholicgospel.com)

Advent Resources from Busted Halo include a calendar of daily reflections and Advent traditions to try

Busted Halo Advent Calendar

Catholic News Agency Article on the History of Advent 

The History of Advent :: Catholic News Agency

Pray More Advent Retreat with video reflections on Advent 

The Pray More Advent Retreat! (praymoreretreat.org)

Carmelite Online Retreat 

Teresian Carmelites in Austria (list-manage.com)

Advent Reflections from Catholic Daily 

Advent Reflections: Week one - Catholic Daily

Reading Material:

Waiting for Christ: Meditations for Advent and Christmas by John Henry Newman

Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives by Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI)

A Season of Little Sacraments: Christmas Commotion, Advent Grace by Susan H. Swetnam

The Advent of Christ: Scripture Reflections to Prepare for Christmas by Edward Sri

The Joy of Advent: Daily Reflections from Pope Francis by Diane Houdek

Jesus is the Gift: The Spirituality of Advent and Christmas by Regis Flaherty 

 Other Prayers

Advent Wreath Prayer from CRS

Blessing of the Advent Wreath

Blessing of a Christmas Tree

Blessing of the Family Creche

Nativity Blessing

Pope Francis Prayer for the Immaculate Conception

Prayer in Times of Seeking God’s Will

Something in me wants to be born in winter

The “O Antiphons” of Advent

Living the Faith

Advent Journey with St. Joseph

Advent: A Time of Waiting, Conversion and Hope

Advent: O Come, Emmanuel

Finding Christ in Advent

God’s Servant First: Our King of Peace

Good News With Great Joy

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

The Humble Majesty of Us

When Your Family’s Advent Falls Apart


Advent Videos