Advent & Christmas

A collection of content centered on the seasons of Advent and Christmas.

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  • The Chosen Christmas Special - Catholic Commentary

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    Join Dr. Michael Barber and Dr. Scott Hefelfinger as they discuss The Chosen Christmas Special episode.

    Watch Season 1 of The Chosen here: https://watch.formed.org/the-chosen

    *As of January 1, 2023, The Chosen Christmas Special (The Messengers) episode is no longer available on FORMED.
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  • O Holy Night - Christmas with the Annie Moses Band

    Experience the beauty of the Christmas season with the Annie Moses Band as the acclaimed classical crossover ensemble performs stunning arrangements of holiday favorites.

  • Christmas Eve | Catholic All Year At Home w/ Kendra Tierney

    Combining the German traditions from her heritage and the Mexican traditions popular in her hometown of Los Angeles, Kendra shares her Christmas Eve menu. Learn about the luminaria tradition, too, to usher in the Light of the World!

    Kendra Tierney is a widowed Southern California mother of ten c...

  • Adventus: A Spiritual Pilgrimage

    On behalf of the Augustine Institute, we are offering Adventus: A Spiritual Pilgrimage to everyone this Advent and Christmas Season. In light of the separation we face as communities, this special documentary allows Catholics all around the world to unite and make a spiritual pilgrimage to the Ho...

  • Nicholas: The Boy Who Became Santa

    Nicholas was still a young child when he discovered a very special secret that changed his life forever. It was the gift of giving, by which he brought happiness to many people. Nevertheless, in sharing this gift, Nicholas had to face many dangers.

    Here is the fascinating story of the boy whose...

  • The First Noel

    Recorded live at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, Michigan, a group of incredibly talented seminarians performed their rendition of the traditional classical English Christmas carol, “The First Noel”. Gather your friends & family, hot chocolate, and sing along!

  • The 12 Days of Christmas

    We are excited to announce our series of FORMED Now! Christmas and New Year special episodes. In these episodes, professors from the Augustine Institute Graduate School will lead us in reflections throughout the season from December 22nd through January 11th.

    FORMED Now! will return to its re...

  • Kristoph & the First Christmas Tree: A Legend of St. Boniface

    Based on an ancient legend, Kristoph and the First Christmas Tree is a video production drawn from the family-friendly story written by children's author Claudia Cangilla McAdam and illustrated by Dave Hill.

    It's Christmas Eve in the year 722, and the young orphan Kristoph is accompanying the m...

  • The Story of the Nativity: The Truth of Christmas

    The story of the birth of Jesus is often misunderstood. But this fast-paced, thought-provoking look at the true story of the Nativity clears away widespread misunderstandings of Jesus' origin. Join top scholars, inspirational speakers, and popular authors as they explain the story behind the stor...

  • Mary of Nazareth

    Mary of Nazareth is an epic motion picture on the life of Mary, Mother of Christ, from her childhood through the Resurrection of Jesus. Shot in high definition, it was filmed in Europe with outstanding cinematography, a strong cast, and a majestic music score. Actress Alissa Jung gives a beautifu...

  • Christmas | Sacred Art

    "Join Dr. Ben Akers and Taylor Kemp as they look at the painting Adoration of the Shepherds by Gerard van Honthorst to celebrate the Nativity of our Lord. This famous painting reveals the Christ Child as the light that has come into the world and also depicts the Blessed Mother, St. Joseph, and t...

  • How to Choose an Advent Tradition for Your Family

    Is it possible to practice our Catholic faith with our families outside of Sunday Mass? Discover a way to celebrate the liturgical season of Advent with your family with these seven traditions from Kendra Tierney, author of Catholic All Year.

  • Behold | Advent with Sr. Miriam James, SOLT

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    Let the Holy Family be your light through Advent as you receive the healing power of Christ.

    In this beautiful guided video series, Sr. Miriam James Heidland, SOLT—author of the bestselling book Restore and co-host of the Abiding Together Podcast — walks with you as you explore familial wounds w...

  • Advent with Tim Gray

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    This Advent season, walk with Dr. Tim Gray on a journey of renewal to ready your heart for the coming of Christ. Each day of Advent, Dr. Gray will unpack the meaning of this season and its rich traditions, as well as offer practical advice for making this Advent your best yet.

  • Adore | Advent with Fr. John Burns

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    You have a choice this Advent: Get caught up in the annual rush of shopping, decorating, and parties or slow down and take a few minutes each day to remember who this season is really about—Jesus.

    In Adore, popular author and speaker Fr. John Burns and illustrator Valerie Delgado of Pax.Valerie ...

  • FORMED In the Word

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    Dive deeply into the upcoming Sunday Mass readings with Dr. James Prothro and Dr. Israel McGrew, biblical scholars from the Augustine Institute. Each week, they will review the upcoming Sunday Mass readings, situate them in their historical and literary context, and illuminate the connection and ...

  • The True Meaning of Christmas with Dr. Michael Barber

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    Do you love Christmas traditions but don’t know where they come from? Tune in for Dr. Michael Patrick Barber’s Advent reflections called “The True Meaning of Christmas” and learn the meaning behind your favorite Christmas pastimes. To go deeper, be sure to get his accompanying book,"The True Mean...

  • St. Nicholas Day | Catholic All Year at Home w/ Kendra Tierney

    Kendra shares her favorite recipes and traditions for celebrating the feast of St. Nicholas (a.k.a. Santa!). Learn how to make mulled wine and cider, speculaas cookies, and deep-fried Dutch meatballs.

    Find this episode's feature recipes and more about liturgical living in the home at Catholic Al...

  • The Spirituality of Advent

    Dr. Tim Gray discusses the spirituality of Advent and the joy of waiting for Christ.
    To get your copy of Waiting for Christ: Meditations for Advent and Christmas Reflections of St. John Henry Newman, click here

  • The Augustine Institute Show - Preparing for Advent - Dr. Ben Akers

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    How should we prepare for the liturgical season of Advent? Join Dr. Tim Gray and his guest Dr. Ben Akers to discuss how we can prepare our hearts for Advent.

    Watch Dr. Barber's reflections on "The True Meaning of Christmas" on F...

  • Embracing the Season of Waiting

    Every year we celebrate Christmas, the birth of Jesus and his coming into our lives. In her talk, Sarah Christmyer offers insight on the Jesse tree, the story of salvation, and the story of David to help us enter the waiting of Christmas. During our current season of life, we can look forward to ...

  • FORMED Daily Reflections

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    Sign up at FORMED Daily to receive these daily reflections directly to your inbox.
    Start your day off right. Be inspired and renewed each morning with a short video from Dr. Tim Gray.

    View all Daily Reflections, according to month and year, in the drop-down menu below.

  • Augustine Institute Bible Conference | The Season of Advent

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    Now is the time to prepare your heart and mind for the coming of the Messiah. Join some of the nation’s most dynamic Scripture scholars on November 20 for a one-day virtual event.

    Included talks:
    - Guiding Star: The Role of Nature, Prophecy, and Reason in Seeking the Messiah by Dr. Tim Gray
    - Ch...

  • How You Can Adopt Mary's Life-Changing Advent Spirit

    Are you looking for ways to grow during the Advent season? Author and convert Haley Stewart outlines how to follow Our Lady’s footsteps during Advent and beyond, using insightful reflections from Caryll Houselander’s “The Reed of God.” Tune in to Haley’s beautiful talk and ponder how to become a ...