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Advent & Christmas Season Resources & Readings

 

 

Advent and Christmas Seasons angelAdvent and Christmas Seasons: On-line Readings and Resources for Roman Catholics, Orthodox, Anglicans and Protestant Christians

 

In this Advent - Christmas season section of the Crossroads Library, we've assembled on-line readings and resources for the Seasons of Advent and Christmas that enrich and explain the meaning of these special Seasons of Jesus Christ's first and second coming for individuals, families, and religious education classes.

 

Scroll down to view dynamic Advent and Christmas readings, prayers, and handouts that will help you get the most out this celebration of the Incarnation, whether you are Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Anglican or Protestant, covering every dimension of this wonderful nativity season from the longing of Israel for the Messiah to infancy narratives of the gospels covering the birth of John the Baptist, his role as forerunner of the Messiah and a voice crying out in the wilderness, the roles of St. Joseph and the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Anunciation, the Visitation, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, the birth and childhood of Jesus, all the way through his baptism in the Jordan River. We even cover the Jewish Feast of Hanukah!

 

Other features and tradition of the season, such as the Advent Wreathe, St. Lucy's Day, the O Antiphons, the Jesse Tree, a truly spiritual approach to Christmas gift-giving, Saint Nicholas or Santa Claus, the Nativity or Manger Scene and the Christmas Tree are also covered by these Catholic Resources for Advent and Christmas. The various traditions after Christmas day are also included: the Octave of Christmas, the Feasts of the Holy Family and Mary, the Mother of God, the Twelve Days of Christmas, the Feast of the Epiphany with the Magi or Three Kings, and the Wedding Feast of Cana, the Lord's first miracle.

 

The Season of Advent and the Season of Christmas present a wonderful teaching opportunity for the Christian Community. But we have a choice to make: we can distract ourselves with the commercial tinsel forgetteing the "reason for the Season," or we can immerse ourselves in the great Christian Tradition, enriching our faith as we make our way through holidays that refresh and renew us individuals and strengthen the bonds of families and Churches. The following on-line spiritual and catechetical resources are offered as aids to those who choose the second of the two options.

 

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Jimmy has a unique Christmas tradition. Each Christmas Eve he aims his slingshot skyward and fires a personal message to heaven. The custom is Jimmy's little way of saying a special prayer on a special day. He prays that "the infant Jesus will be born in many hearts." One amazing Christmas, his prayer was answered in a most unexpected way. Accompanied by his guardian angel, Jimmy visits the Holy Family, and they encourage him to make his wide-eyed wish come true. Together Jimmy and his "angel buddy" travel the world delivering figures of the infant Jesus to people setting up their Nativity scenes. Join Jimmy on his journey, and don't be surprised if, somewhere along the way, his Christmas prayer becomes your own.


 

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Title Author Excerpt Download
12/6 St. Nicholas Day December 6 St . Augustine of Hippo Yes
2nd Sunday of Advent - Who is Coming to Town? Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No Download
Advent of Peace Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No Download
Advent Reminds us-You Snooze You Lose Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No Download
Advent Season - St. Charles Borromeo St. Charles Borromeo No Download
Advent: The Reason for the Season Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No Download
Annunciation and Mary's Fiat--St Bernard St. Bernard of Clairvaux Yes Download
Avoid Commercial Contamination of Christmas-Benedict XVI Pope Benedict XVI No Download
Baptism of the Lord - St. Gregory Nazianzen St. Gregory of Nazianzen Yes Download
Baptism of the Lord and the Sacrament of Confirmation Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No Download
Baptism of the Son of God Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No Download
Blessed are You among Women - St Sophronius St. Sophronius Yes
Blessing a Christmas Tree Various No Download
Blessing of Christmas Manger or Nativity Scene Various No Download
Blessing of the Advent Wreathe Various No Download
Born of the Virgin, Emmanuel--St. Irenaeus St. Irenaeus of Lyons Yes Download
Catholic Gift Giving Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No Download
Christ Anointed Priest and King -- Faustinus Luciferanus Faustinus Luciferanus Yes
Christ's Baptism: Fire Immersed in Water -- St. Proclus St. Proclus Yes
Christian Remember Your Dignity--St. Leo St. Leo the Great Yes Download
Christmas is the Birthday of Peace--St. Leo St. Leo the Great Yes
Christmas Lights and Advent Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No Download
Christmas: Origins of the Feast Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No Download
Come and See Anonymous No
Creator of Time is Born in Time--St. Leo the Great St. Leo the Great Yes Download
Epiphany -- Magi, Cana, and the Jordan (St. Peter Chrysologus) St. Peter Chrysologus Yes Download
Epiphany -- Star Invites all Nations to Find Christ (Leo the Great) St. Leo the Great Yes Download
Epiphany of the Heart Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio Yes Download
Epiphany Revealed Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No Download
Eschatalogical Nature of the Pilgrim Church-Vatican II Second Vatican Council (Vatican II) Yes
Feast of St Stephen, Protomartyr-Fulgentius of Ruspe St. Fulgentius of Ruspe Yes
Feast of the Annunciation: God Becomes Man-St Leo St. Leo the Great Yes
Feast of the Epiphany Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No Download
Feast of the Holy Family Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No Download
Gaudete Sunday-Advent and John the Baptist? Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No Download
God Took Our Nature From Mary - St. Athanasius St. Athanasius Yes Download
God's Secret Plan--Diognetus Anonymous Yes Download
Hanukkah: Why it's not just for Jews Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No Download
He Loved Us First -- William of St. Thierry Various No
He Loved Us First-Advent Reading Various Yes
Holy Family Feast -- Piety in the 21st Century? Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No Download
Holy Innocents--Quodvultdeus St. Quodvultdeus Yes Download
Humanity of God--Hippolytus St. Hippolytus Yes
In Praise of Christmas-Saint Ephrem St. Ephrem the Syrian No
Incarnation and Human Dignity -- St. Peter Chrysologus St. Peter Chrysologus Yes Download
Incarnation, Gift of Immeaurable Love -- Catherine of Siena St. Catherine of Siena Yes
Incarnation:Hidden Word made Manifest--Hippolytus St. Hippolytus Yes Download
Is X-mas an attempt to take Christ out of Christmas? Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No
Jesse Tree-an Advent Tradition Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No Download
Jesus Christ, God's Final Word-John of the Cross St. John of the Cross Yes Download
John is the Voice, Jesus is the Word--St. Augustine St . Augustine of Hippo Yes
Keep Watch -- No One Knows the Hour St. Ephrem St. Ephrem the Syrian Yes
Key to the Twelve Days of Christmas Various No Download
Lessons of Nazareth--Paul VI Pope Paul VI Yes
Make Space for God-St Anselm St. Anselm Yes Download
Mary and the Church--Isaac of Stella Isaac of Stella Yes
Mary as the New Eve - St. Irenaeus St. Irenaeus of Lyons Yes Download
Mary the Royal Virgin-St Leo the Great St. Leo the Great Yes
Mary's Magnificat-Venerable Bede St. Bede the Venerable Yes Download
Mary's Visitation of Elizabeth-St. Ambrose St. Ambrose of Milan Yes Download
Mary, Model of Faith Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No Download
Mary, Mother of God? Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No Download
Mystery of the Divine Incarnation-Maximus the Confessor St. Maximus the Confessor Yes
Mystery of the Incarnation - Advent Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No Download
Mystery of the Lord's Baptism--Maximus of Turin St. Maximus of Turin Yes
O Antiphons of Advent Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No Download
O Marvelous Exchange!-Dom Marmion Various Yes Download
On the Incarnation -- Athanasius St. Athanasius No
Our Lady of Guadalupe-Story of the Apparition Anonymous Yes Download
Pray Without Ceasing Through the Desire of the Heart-Augustine St . Augustine of Hippo Yes Download
Preparar el Camino Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No Download
Rejoice in his coming-Andrew of Crete St. Andrew of Crete Yes
Rejoice in Hope - John the Baptist & Gaudete Sunday Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No Download
Rejoicing in Hope - Advent Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No Download
Saint Lucy and the Radiance of Virginity- St. Ambrose St. Ambrose of Milan Yes
Santa Claus - How Do We Deal with Him? Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No
St. Joseph's Claim to Fame Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No Download
Story of the Candy Cane Various No Download
The Deeper Meaning of Christmas Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No Download
The God in the Cave-Chesterton Various Yes
The Spirit is Poured out on all Mankind-Cyril of Alexandria St. Cyril of Alexandria Yes Download
Three Comings of the Lord--St. Bernard St. Bernard of Clairvaux Yes
Titles of Jesus - Michael J. Scanlan Michael J. Scanlan Yes
Two Fold Coming of Christ - St. Cyril of Jerusalem St. Cyril of Jerusalem Yes Download
Virgin Mary, Mother of the Re-created World -- St. Anselm St. Anselm Yes Download
Visitation -- Mary's Soul Proclaims God's Greatness (St. Bede) St. Bede the Venerable Yes Download
Voice Crying in the Wilderness--Eusebius of Caesarea Eusebius of Caesarea Yes Download
Wedding Feast at Cana Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No Download
Wedding Feast of Cana-Faustus of Riez St. Faustus of Riez Yes Download
What We Do Not See, We Hope For - St. Cyprian St. Cyprian Yes
Why Celebrate Christmas?--St. Augustine St . Augustine of Hippo Yes Download
Winning the Crown - Thomas Becket Various No Download
Wonder of the Incarnation - St. Gregory Nazianzen St. Gregory of Nazianzen Yes Download
Word of Life made Visible--St. Augustine St . Augustine of Hippo Yes

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