• 4 Sundays before Christmas
  • Begins with the vigil on the eve of the First Sunday of Advent and concludes on the afternoon of Christmas  Eve
  • The colours violet or purple in Advent help us to remember that we are preparing for the coming of Christ.
  • The colour rose may be used on the Third Sunday of Advent, Gaudete Sunday, as an anticipation of the joy of Christmas

Resources for 2016

During Advent, each Sunday gospel reading has a distinctive theme:

  • First Sunday – the Lord’s coming at the end of time,
  • Second and Third Sundays – John the Baptist,
  • Fourth Sunday – the events that prepared immediately for the Lord’s birth.

CLICK HERE for Children’s Advent Calendars

CLICK HERE for The Jesse Tree – Ideas and Prayer

CLICK HERE for Jesse Tree images

CLICK HERE for Advent Reconciliation Service

CLICK HERE for Advent Prayer Service

CLICK HERE for Advent Prayer  – Henri Nouwen

CLICK HERE for further information about Advent

CLICK HERE for a leaflet on Advent