Catholic liturgical Advent calendar, kids' Bible Christmas countdown activities | Examiner.com

 Advent, like Lent before Easter, is a four-week penitential season leading up to Christmas, celebrated in the Catholic Christian Church. Advent, meaning "coming" is a time of preparation before the birth of Jesus at Christmas. In imitation of Christ, Catholic Advent practices spiritual and corporal works of mercy, including fasting, sacrifice, prayer and almsgiving. It's hard to remember that Advent as a penitential season in the commercialism of the Christmas season. So here are Catholic liturgical Advent calendar crafts to keep the focus. Christmas countdown activities on this Advent calendar involve virtues of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. This calendar extends from the first Sunday of Advent (usually the end of Nov. to early Dec.) through to Epiphany (also called Three Kings Day and Twelfth Night) and the Octave of Christmas. The liturgical Advent calendar is made to be reusable, year after year. Catholic liturgical Advent calendar, kids' Bible Christmas countdown activities | Examiner.com

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