Welcome to this page dedicated to the Season of Advent
During four weeks starting on December 1, we observe the season of Advent, leading to the joy of Christmas. During that period, priests wear purple ornaments. A double dimension is proposed for the meditation of the faithful: the expectation, of course, of the birth of the Savior and his coming into our humanity; But also, the expectation of Parousia, i.e. the Second Coming of Christ, the end of ages. As we wait for the full clarity of the day at the end of the night, the Christian is turned towards the light that will no longer set: Jesus Christ, the true Sun of Righteousness. In order to help you prepare for the celebration of the feast of the Nativity of Our Lord, you will find in this section different liturgical and community resources such as the commentary of the Gospels of each of the Advent Sundays, the online retreats, the activities in the diocese and much more…
Here are some videos showing you comments on the four Sundays of the Advent
1st Sunday of Advent: Lk 21:25-28, 34-36
2nd Sunday of Advent: Lk 3:1-6
3rd Sunday of Advent: Lk 3:10-18
4th Sunday of Advent: Lk 1:39-45
Take advantage of Advent to bring your family closer together and to love each other better: it will be the most beautiful cradle for Jesus who will be born at Christmas! With the help of this Advent calendar and the activities proposed in it for families with children of all ages (why not also as a couple?), you will have an experience of the God who loves each of you infinitely and who wants to invest himself personally for the success of your family.
Each week, beginning on Sunday, 21 November 2021, the Solemnity of Christ the King, the CCCB will release a video recording of a Bishop in Canada reflecting on the Gospel Reading for each Sunday of Advent. This year’s reflections were developed in view of the Indigenous Delegation which will be travelling to Rome to meet with Pope Francis from December 17 to 20, 2021. Each reflection is based one of the five essential stages of reconciliation: examen, confession, repentance, reparation (making amends), and reconciliation.
Embrace the Advent season as a sacred space from the ease of your e-mail inbox. Sacred Advent is a daily e-mail prayer break during a busy season. Each day invites you to a step-by-step progression of praying with a Scripture reading and related points of reflection. The messages also include suggestions for further exploration of Advent themes through additional online articles and prayers.
Discover the variety of activities proposed by the community during this time of Advent (concerts, retreats, recollections and more!).
Looking for the schedule of Christmas Masses celebrated at St. Joseph's Oratory, Mary Queen of the World Cathedral or your neighborhood church?