Advent Resources

Please check the Archdiocesan Education Resource Center for additional resources or for your particular need:


Advent Awakenings by Renew International: “The Advent Awakenings series is based on the three-year cycle of the Lectionary. Each book contains four sessions corresponding with the Gospels of the four Sundays of Advent. Each session includes reflections, prayers, action responses, and song suggestions, plus seasonal devotions that families can use at home to enrich their Advent experience.”

Advent and Christmas: Bridges to Contemplative Living with Thomas Merton by Ave Maria Press: “In this accessible introduction to the writings of Thomas Merton, small-group participants are led on a path of spiritual growth from the first week of Advent through Christmas. Each of the book’s five sessions focuses on a distinct theme: hope, salvation, compassion, tenderness, or incarnation.”

Advent Light (Threshold Bible Study by Stephen Binz) by Twenty-Third Publication: “Advent is a time for new understanding, for putting different pieces of God’s revelation together to see the divine plan more clearly. We listen to the words of the ancient prophets, to the wisdom of Jesus, to the stories of his birth and infancy, and we make connections. Then we connect those truths to our own lives and our world and see how God is acting anew, how God continues to reveal the coming of Jesus today.”

Advent: Stay Awake, Alert to God’s Presence: “Weekly discussion guides for the readings of Advent and the Christmas Season, ending with the Feast of the Epiphany — PLUS an easy-to-follow leader’s guide. This reproducible eResource provides both content and faith sharing starter questions for small groups during Advent. The Sunday and Feast day readings come alive in this resource, helping participants integrate them into their daily lives.”

Conversing with God in Advent and Christmas: Praying the Sunday Mass Readings with Lectio Divina by Stephen J. Binz: “In this book, respected biblical scholar Stephen J. Binz chooses the first Mass reading and the gospel reading for each Sunday in cycles A, B, and C during Advent, as well as for the major feast days in the Christmas season. Then he leads readers through the steps of lectio divina—reading, meditation, prayer, contemplation, and action—by suggesting themes and verses on which to focus.”

Exploring Advent with Luke: Four Questions for Spiritual Growth by Timothy Clayton of Ave Maria Press: “This creative exploration of Advent guides readers to rediscover the power of the events leading up to the birth of Christ. The four questions of Luke chapter 1, as posed by Zechariah, Mary, Elizabeth, and the people in the Temple, spur readers to personal reflection on disappointment, inadequacy, openness, and trust.”

Journey through Advent: “Scripture scholar, retreat leader, professor, and author — Art Zannoni again delivers an excellent reproducible resource for Advent. Within this resource are four separate prayer and reflection resources, useful for meetings, small groups, homilies, visits to nursing homes, or any other setting during Advent. Beautifully illustrated and laid out, this resource will find its way into many areas of parish life.”

The Infancy Narratives by Little Rock Scripture Study: “Both the theme and the short length of this study (4 sessions) make it ideal for Advent study. It focuses on the opening chapters of Matthew and Luke, the only gospels, which describe the wondrous events surrounding the birth of the Messiah. This study also explores the many significant connections these two gospels make between the Old Testament and the birth of the Savior. Rich insights will be made as these two gospels are opened to reveal the special contribution each makes to our understanding of Jesus’ nativity. Deepen your longing for the Messiah’s coming again and ask God to be Emmanuel, ‘God with us.’”