Advent at USD

USD's digital Advent Calendar is here.

Join the USD community in observing the season in a special way! Go to:

USD Digital Advent Calendar

Visit the Advent Calendar, and come back each day of Advent, Dec. 3 - 25!

Like a traditional Advent calendar, on each day of Advent we will release new content, including festive songs and video reflections from your fellow USD community members, to help you observe this special time of year. Enter your email on this page to receive daily reminders. These daily emails will last from Dec. 3 - 25, 2017.

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Receive a daily reflection in your email during the season of Advent. 

What is Advent?

Advent marks the beginning of the liturgical calendar for the Roman Catholic Church. It is the 4 weeks preceding Christmas and derives from the Latin adventus which means “arrival.” It is a Christian tradition intended to help us prepare for the coming of Christ into the world.

The season of Advent is all about waiting, praying, and fasting in preparation for Christ to come as the light of the world. There are four weeks that connect to four main themes: hope, peace, joy, and love. Each week the readings and prayers focus on these themes, which help us prepare for Christmas.

This important season reaches its fulfillment at Christmas with the incarnation. It was in that moment when Jesus became human, like us, and showed us a new way to be in relationship with God. And so, during the season of Advent we are called to pray and reflect on ways in which we can prepare ourselves to receive the light that will come at Christmas.

Begin quote Advent is a Christian tradition intended to help us prepare for the coming of Christ into our world at Christmas.