Liturgical Year 2015-2016, Vol. 1

Advent and Christmas

by Jennifer Gregory Miller and Darden Brock (editors)

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Book Description

This first volume of the 2015-2016 Liturgical Year series covers all the days of Advent and Christmas, providing a rich set of resources for families to use in living the liturgical year in the domestic church, that is, in their own families. Resources include biographies of the saints to match each feast day, histories of the various celebrations and devotions, descriptions of customs from around the world, prayers, activities and recipes. The rich array of liturgical year resources on was developed by two family and liturgical year experts, Jennifer Gregory Miller and Darden Brock. In this series, these resources are gathered together in eBooks, with one chapter for each day in the covered period. The body of each chapter includes the main biographical, historical and devotional texts for the day, with links to additional prayers, activities and recipes, and to the daily readings for the Mass. The 2015-2016 Liturgical Year series provides a wonderful way for parents, priests, and religious educators to learn how to get Catholicism into our very bones!

Table of Contents

  • Introduction to the Liturgical Year
  • Part I: Advent
  • Introduction to Advent
  • November 29th (First Sunday of Advent)
  • November 30th (Feast of St. Andrew, apostle)
  • December 1st (Tuesday of the First Week of Advent; Bl. Charles de Foucauld (in some places))
  • December 2nd (Wednesday of the First Week of Advent)
  • December 3rd (Memorial of St. Francis Xavier, priest)
  • December 4th (Optional Memorial of St. John Damascene, priest and doctor)
  • December 5th (Saturday of the First Week of Advent)
  • December 6th (Second Sunday of Advent)
  • December 7th (Memorial of St. Ambrose, bishop and doctor)
  • December 8th (Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Patronal Feastday of the United States of America )
  • December 9th (Optional Memorial of St. Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin (USA))
  • December 10th (Thursday of the Second Week of Advent)
  • December 11th (Optional Memorial of St. Damasus I, pope)
  • December 12th (Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe)
  • December 13th (Third Sunday of Advent)
  • December 14th (Memorial of St. John of the Cross, priest and doctor)
  • December 15th (Tuesday of the Third Week of Advent; St. Virginia Centurione Bracelli (Italy))
  • December 16th (Wednesday of the Third Week of Advent)
  • December 17th (Thursday of the Third Week of Advent)
  • December 18th (Friday of the Third Week of Advent)
  • December 19th (Saturday of the Third Week of Advent)
  • December 20th (Fourth Sunday of Advent)
  • December 21st (Optional Memorial of St. Peter Canisius, priest and doctor)
  • December 22nd (Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Advent)
  • December 23rd (Optional Memorial of St. John of Kanty, priest)
  • December 24th (Thursday of the Fourth Week of Advent (Last Day))
  • Part II: Christmas
  • Introduction to Christmas
  • December 24th (Christmas Eve)
  • December 25th (Solemnity of Christmas)
  • December 26th (Feast of St. Stephen, first martyr)
  • December 27th (Feast of the Holy Family)
  • December 28th (Feast of the Holy Innocents, martyrs)
  • December 29th (Fifth Day in the Octave of Christmas; Optional Memorial of St. Thomas Becket, bishop and martyr)
  • December 30th (Sixth day in the Octave of Christmas)
  • December 31st (Optional Memorial of St. Sylvester I, pope)
  • January 1st (Octave of Christmas and Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God (Holy Day of Obligation USA))
  • January 2nd (Memorials of St. Basil the Great and St. Gregory Nazianzen, bishops and doctors)
  • January 3rd (Epiphany of the Lord)
  • January 4th (St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, religious)
  • January 5th (Memorial of St. John Neumann, bishop (USA))
  • January 6th (Optional Memorial of St. Andre Bessette, religious; Epiphany (traditional))
  • January 7th (Optional Memorial of St. Raymond of Penafort, priest; St. Andre Bessette, religious (Can))
  • January 8th (Friday Christmas Weekday)
  • January 9th (Saturday Christmas Weekday; Venerable Pauline-Marie Jaricot )
  • January 10th (Feast of the Baptism of the Lord)