Perhaps the most overlooked of Liturgical seasons - Advent - is one of the longest this year, being nearly four weeks; so how can we best use this time to our greatest advantage? Whilst the prevailing pagan society, which embraces the superficial trimmings of Christmas devoid of the true meaning of this event (about a month early), conveniently ignores the period of penance and preparation for the coming of Christ, we Catholics must resist this influence. Such a special, though brief, time, we shouldn't let it just slip by in the hubbub of Christmas shopping, gift wrapping or simply ignoring it.
Thanks to the generous sponsorship of Novus Ordo Watch, this episode of the Catholic Home Show about Advent and Christmas Customs is free to all and would make a great start to Advent!
A reusable Catholic Advent Calendar (sans the chocolates or inane entries found in secular versions) is a terrific daily step-by-step way to journey in our hearts and homes each Advent towards the great feast of Christmas. We have limited stock of this beautiful item, so order yours soon!
For those with a True Restoration Annual Membership, you can delve deeper into the meanings of the Threefold Coming of Christ, the Advent liturgical colour and the Ember Days in The Mysteries of Advent episode of "The Liturgical Year" Restoration Radio series.
Our new feature book for this season is Spiritual Steps to Christmas by Msgr Coogan. With a short chapter for each day of Advent, we can be brought to a better understanding and appreciation of this wondrous feast of the Nativity of Our Lord.
Father Faber also helps bring our hearts to the Holy Stable in his substantial 432-page book titled, Bethlehem - The Sacred Infancy of Our Most Dear and Blessed Redeemer. What a fitting Christmas present for every Catholic!
Make this Advent and Christmas better than ever with these awesome antidotes to the secular forces around us!