Advent is taken from the Latin word adventus, meaning ‘coming’ and is considered to be the beginning of our Church Year. Advent starts on the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day, which is Sunday 29th November this year and ends on Christmas Eve. The most common themes used for the four weeks of Advent are Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love.
Traditionally the primary colour of Advent is purple or violet, which reflects the fasting and waiting that forms part of the build-up to Christmas. It is also the connection between the birth and death of Jesus (a Lenten connection). On the third Sunday of Advent, the colour changes to pink or rose in anticipation of the end of fasting and the start of celebrating the birth of Jesus.
To help celebrate Advent in 2020, Missionary Children has prepared a selection of free resources for you to use. These include weekly prayer services with children in both English and as Gaeilge, a daily simple activity or act of kindness for children to carry out at home or in school, and, of course, Missionary Children’s famous Christmas colouring competition! The activity calendar and colouring competition template are printed in black and white for ease of photocopying. To download any or all of the resources, simply click on the images below.