Advent at USD

Welcome to USD's Advent website, a resource created by University Ministry to help the USD community enter more deeply into the season leading up to Christmas.

On this website, you will find daily scripture readings and personal reflections from USD community members.

University Ministry presents the 2019 Advent Calendar--Festive songs, reflections and more from the USD community to help you discover the season. December 2-25.

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. Students, parents, alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the university are all welcome.

Enter your email on this page to receive the daily readings and reflections, as well as links to new Advent Calendar content. These daily emails will last from Sunday, Nov. 29 - Thursday, Dec. 24., 2020.

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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 observed over the four 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. Its four weeks 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 invite you to pray and reflect with us as we prepare to receive the light of Christ 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.