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 to the anniversary of Our Lord’s birth on Christmas. From the earliest days of the Church, people have been fascinated by Jesus’ promise to come back. But the scripture readings during Advent tell us not to waste our time with predictions. Advent is not about speculation. Our Advent readings call us to be alert and ready, not weighted down and distracted by the cares of this world (Lk 21:34-36). Like Lent, the liturgical color for Advent is purple since both are seasons that prepare us for great feast days. Advent also includes an element of penance in the sense of preparing, quieting, and disciplining our hearts for the full joy of Christmas. [Source: https://www.usccb.org/prayer-worship/liturgical-year/advent]

December 6, Advent 2021 Exercises
Theme: “As for you, your sins are forgiven.”
–Lk 5:17-26


Today’s Scripture Readings: https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/120621.cfm

Saint of the Day – St. Nicholas: https://watch.formed.org/saint-nicholas-the-real-story

Further Reading – Psalm 145: https://bible.usccb.org/bible/psalms/145

December 9, Advent 2021 Exercises
Theme: “Whoever has ears out to hear”

Today’s Scripture Readings: https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/120921.cfm

Saint of the Day – St. Juan Diego: https://watch.formed.org/december-9-st-juan-diego

Further Reading – Psalm 130: https://bible.usccb.org/bible/psalms/130
December 7, Advent 2021 Exercises
Theme: “Like a shepherd he feeds his flock; in his arms he gathers the lambs, carrying them in his bosom, and leading the ewes with care”. – Is. 40-11

Today’s Scripture Readings: https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/120721.cfm

Saint of the Day – St. Ambrose: https://watch.formed.org/december-7-st-ambrose/videos/who-is-saint-ambrose

Further Reading – Psalm 23: https://bible.usccb.org/bible/psalms/23
December 10, Advent 2021 Exercises
Theme: “I, the LORD, your God, teach you what is for your good, and lead you on the way you should go.” – Is. 48:17

Today’s Scripture Readings: https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/121021.cfm

Saint of the Day – St. Matthew: https://watch.formed.org/videos/feast-of-st-matthew

Further Reading – Psalm 25: https://bible.usccb.org/bible/psalms/25
December 8, Advent 2021 Exercises
Theme: “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.” – Mt. 11:28


Today’s Scripture Readings: https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/120821.cfm

Saint of the Day – The Blessed Virgin Mary: https://watch.formed.org/videos/what-is-the-immaculate-conception

Further Reading – Luke 1:26-38
“Announcement of the Birth of Jesus”: https://bible.usccb.org/bible/luke/1

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