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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…

From Sunday to Sunday

spacer-221.pngHere are some videos showing you comments on the four Sundays of the Advent of year C.

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

From Sunday to Sunday
Advent online Retreat (Photo : Sébastien Duchesne / La Croix)
Advent online Retreat

spacer-221.pngEmbrace 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.

Tell me your Advent

spacer-221.pngThe season of Advent is celebrated in diverse ways within different cultures. Learn how others prepare spiritually for Christmas, as they share they cultural traditions!

Noël vécu dans les différentes cultures
Advent Calendar
Advent Calendar

spacer-221.pngTo prepare for Christmas with the family, why not take this special time, parents and children together, to make room in our hearts and in our houses for Jesus that will come to our world to save all of us!

The new Diocesan Centre for marriage, life and family of the Archdiocese of Montreal is pleased to offer you this 2018 Advent calendar for all families! With simple and fun ideas, parents will be able to accompany their children through this privileged time of preparation for Christmas.

Download the PDF version

Advent Activities

spacer-221.pngDiscover the variety of activities proposed by the community during this time of Advent (concerts, retreats, recollections and more!).

Les Choralies à la chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours
Christmas through the eyes of children
Christmas through the eyes of children

spacer-221.pngIn our parishes throughout the Archdiocese, children are preparing for the birth of Jesus. What a great occasion to welcome Him with a child's heart! A group from Saint Ignatius of Loyola Parish show us how.

Experience Christmas in a new way

spacer-221.pngOn December 24, at 2 p.m., in front of Place d'Armes metro station, Father Claude Paradis, founder of Notre-Dame de la rue, will celebrate an outdoor Mass with homeless people. This year, why not celebrate Christmas differently?

Experience Christmas in a new way
Christmas Mass Schedules
Christmas Mass Schedules

spacer-221.pngLooking for the schedule of Christmas Masses celebrated at St. Joseph's Oratory, Mary Queen of the World Cathedral or your neighborhood church?