Advent 2023: Prepare...

Advent is a time to prepare for the Lord's birth at Christmas and his second coming, but let's face it, it's not easy when the world is already celebrating Christmas in November. We're here to help...

Prepare with Archbishop Etienne

In this brief video, Archbishop Etienne gives some practical suggestions on how to prepare the way of the Lord this Advent.

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Weekly Advent 2023 reflections

Look for new reflections from the bishops based on the Sunday scripture readings, added every week of Advent, to help you prepare for the coming of the Lord.

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Advent Week 3 2023

Watch Bishop Elizondo's Advent Week 3 Video reflection

Bishop Elizondo gives a message of joy this Gaudete Sunday.

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Advent Week 2 2023

Watch Bishop Schuster's Advent Week 2 Video reflection

Bishop Schuster reflects on Advent and the three comings of Christ.

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Advent Week 1 2023

View or download a pdf of all the reflections in English or Spanish.

Ways to prepare...

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Prepare with the sacraments and adoration

There’s no better way to prepare and pray than through the Eucharist and Reconciliation. This Advent, consider spending some time every week in adoration in front of the Blessed Sacrament.

Advent resources

Inspirational Articles from Northwest Catholic

Get inspired by the following articles from Northwest Catholic. Find even more at

St. Andrew Novena: prayerful preparation for Christmas

"Unlike a traditional novena, which spans nine days, it lasts from the feast of St. Andrew on Nov. 30 to Christmas Eve." Click here to read article

Insta-culture and a powerful Advent lesson on delayed gratification

“...Delayed gratification” is simply not part of American life anymore — and that’s as true of Catholics and other Christians as it is of the average American." Click here for the article.


Let the warmth of Advent pull the bleak midwinter from you

"It’s up to us to decide how we might give our heart during Advent. We may need a plan."

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Sometimes called 'little Lent," Advent zeroes in on preparation, which can include penitence

"While Advent is sometimes called “a little Lent,” Catholic experts observe that there are important similarities and differences between the two, both of which lead up to major feast days and liturgical seasons..."

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What’s next?

Don’t forget that Christmas is more than a day; it’s an entire season. Think about how you want to keep the spirit of Christmas with prayer, celebration and new traditions.

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