Beginning the Church's liturgical year, Advent (from, "ad-venire" in Latin or "to come to") is the season encompassing the four Sundays (and weekdays) leading up to the celebration of Christmas. 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 also to the anniversary of the Lord's birth on Christmas. The final days of Advent, from December 17 to December 24, focus particularly on our preparation for the celebrations of Christmas (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops).
In the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board, students and staff engage in a variety of activities to help us to live according to the spirit of this season.
Prayer for Advent (Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops):
Lord Jesus, our brother and our saviour,
come into our hearts with your love,
with your joy, your hope, and your peace.
Help us to reflect your love for all
by loving and serving all we meet.
come into our lives,
and share your gifts with all people.
Blessed are you, Lord Jesus,
forever and ever. Amen!