The Essential Advent and Christmas Handbook

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  • The Essential Advent and Christmas Handbook
  • A Daily Advent & Christmas companion
  • A comprehensive handbook of Advent practices & customs
  • Includes Advent prayers & reflections

Advent and Christmas are for many people the most joyous time of year, a special opportunity for celebration, sharing, and family gatherings. More importantly, however, Advent is the season of preparation for the coming of Jesus Christ into the world, and Christmas is the celebration of His birth to the manifestation of the Word-Made-Flesh among us. Wait prayerfully for the Lord, and celebrate His coming at Christmas, with this comprehensive, easy-to-use volume as your daily companion. This reader-friendly companion provides everything Catholics need for a richer experience of the Advent and Christmas seasons. Whether readers wish to follow a traditional, contemporary, or family program of devotion and prayer for Advent and Christmas, this all-in-one resource will be a treasured guidebook. The Essential Advent and Christmas Handbook covers a wide range of topics including:

Morning and evening prayer services
A short history of Advent
The preparatory nature of Advent
Traditional hymns and symbols of Christmas
Traditional Christmas practices
A Christmas novena
Daily Christmas meditations
Family meal prayers for the holiday season
A glossary of key terms

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  • Paperback
  • Published by the Redemptorists
  • Part of the Essential Handbook series

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  • 4 Dec 1st 2016
    The Essential Advent and Christmas Handbook

    I purchased one for myself, and one as a gift, and I couldn't be more pleased and delighted with this book. It is a little confusing at first, because you have to jump around a lot. But once I got the hang of it, and used a few bookmarkers, it got a lot easier. I read from it every morning when I wake up, and every evening before I go to bed.

    Kathleen Brown

  • 5 Jun 19th 2015
    The Essential Advent and Christmas Handbook

    Scanned over the pages and found them to have interesting facts and information about Advent. This will be a good tool to use in teaching catechism.

    Theresa Jedziniak

  • 5 Dec 26th 2010
    Advent and Christmas Season

    I needed something to help me through Advent and Christmas meditation and prayers and this book helped me immensely. I am very pleased with this purchase, it will be used every season with love and will be cherished by myself and my family. Describe Yourself: Budget Shopper


  • 5 Nov 28th 2010
    RCIA friendly

    There is some good information. A great teaching device for RCIA. Best Uses: RCIA, Teaching; Pros: Easily understood, Informative


  • 5 Jan 10th 2010
    More than what I hoped for!

    I started out wanting a book that would be used with my family on a daily advent basis guiding us to Christmas day. This book had everything including Christmas. My son wanted to find the book we used when he was younger and when I could not locate that book I order 2 copies of this one, one for me and one for him. He also was thrilled with the book!


  • 5 Jan 25th 2009
    A must for families!

    This is the first year that my family really integrated Advent into our Christmas celebration, and what a difference it made! This book was an invaluable resource for my husband and I, as we led the activities and prayers, and it was such a blessing to have our Christmas season become more a part of our daily lives.

    The Hardy Party

  • 5 Jan 24th 2009
    This is an Advent mast

    I lead a Faith Sharing group at my church. This book was very helpful for those who were new to the group. It is very simple and accessible to use, even for a beginner. Best Uses: I lead a Faith Sharing; Pros: Good Value


  • 5 Jan 21st 2009
    Great Book

    This was a great book...I used it every day during Advent...I would highly recommend it to anyone who would like to incorporate more family Traditions into the Christmas Season. Pros: Good Value


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