Brother Francis: The Days of Advent

Brother Francis: The Days of Advent

24 Episodes

Brother Francis leads us on a daily journey in this special seasonal celebration of the coming of the Lord! Featuring meditations, prayers, and suggested activities to keep our focus on Christ this Christmas.

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Brother Francis: The Days of Advent
  • Day 1: The Savior

    Episode 1

    Let's Pray
    Dear Jesus, You came as a baby, humble and poor, but Your birth was powerful, bringing us close to God. I open my heart to You. Let me remember who You are as I prepare for this Christmas. Amen.
    Advent Action
    Write a short prayer asking Jesus to help you remember what Christmas is all ...

  • Day 2: The Power of Prayer

    Episode 2

    Let's Pray
    Jesus, help me remember that prayers, just like Your angels, are powerful. Amen.
    Advent Action
    Make a list of 7 people you want to pray for during the next month. Pray for one of them each day of the week.

  • Day 3: The Tree

    Episode 3

    Let's Pray
    Lord Jesus, help me always remember that You want to help all people now and all year round! Amen.
    Advent Action
    Be the hands and feet of Jesus and discuss with your family who you can help or encourage this week and how.

  • Day 4: Called

    Episode 4

    Let's Pray
    Dear Jesus, thank you for creating me. Help me appreciate every person I meet and by my smile, help them to know they are special. Amen.
    Advent Action
    Make a simple Christmas card for a friend or relative. Remind them that they are special!

  • Day 5: The Ornaments

    Episode 5

    Let's Pray
    Jesus Your family is not made up of perfect people and that gives hope to everyone. Help the doors of our church to always be open to those who are in need. Amen.
    Advent Action
    Next time you go to Mass with your family, smile and say hello to people there! It's nice to make people feel...

  • Day 6: Mary

    Episode 6

    Let's Pray
    Dear Mother Mary, thank you for everything you gave, every day, for God's Son and for me. Help me follow your example of always saying "yes" to God. Amen.
    Advent Action
    Bring some flowers or draw some and place them near a statue of Mary. They don't have to be special or fancy. Like an...

  • Day 7: The Kingdom

    Episode 7

    Let's Pray
    Lord, one day You will return. Until then, live in me that by my example, others may get to know Your wonderful Kingdom. Amen.
    Advent Action
    Pray an Our Father for those in hospitals and nursing homes. Pray slowly and think about the part that says, "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done."

  • Day 8: The Wreath

    Episode 8

    Let's Pray
    Dear God, Your promise of Eternal life gives us much to hope for: we want to see our loved ones that have gone to be with You, and we want to know Your loving presence now and for eternity. Amen.
    Advent Action
    Hold hands with your family and make a circle—just like a wreath. Offer your...

  • Day 9: Praise

    Episode 9

    Let's Pray
    Heavenly Father, help us to worship You in the same way Mary and Elizabeth did. Amen.
    Advent Action
    Think of the many things you are thankful for and then close your eyes and give God thanks and praise for each one. Tell Him why you are thankful.

  • Day 10: The Carols

    Episode 10

    Let's Pray
    Lord Jesus, I praise You by singing the beautiful songs that tell of Your coming. Amen.
    Advent Action
    If you're with family or friends, each person can share a short part of their favorite Christmas Carol that tells about Christ! Maybe they can also explain why it's their favorite!

  • Day 11: Prepare

    Episode 11

    Let's Pray
    Lord, show me who You are trying to bless through me. Amen.
    Advent Action
    First, talk together as a family about the ways God has blessed you this year. Now talk about the ways your family was able to bless others this year.

  • Day 12: The Light

    Episode 12

    Let's Pray
    Dear Jesus, this busy Christmas season, please help me be Your light! Help my life be a reminder to others that You love them and came to earth to save us all. Amen.
    Advent Action
    Sing together with this song and then think of ways you can be a light to others!

  • Day 13: Joseph

    Episode 13

    Let's Pray
    Heavenly Father, thank You for Your patience. Help anyone who is desperate for Your help. Let them find You this Christmas season. Amen.
    Advent Action
    God has blessed everyone with a Guardian Angel. Our Angel helps us every day. Draw a picture of an angel to remind you of God's care.

  • Day 14: Looking for the Messiah

    Episode 14

    Let's Pray
    Dear Jesus, this Christmas season, help me not get so busy celebrating Your birthday, that I don't take time for You.
    Advent Action
    Stop a moment and get real quiet. What do you hear? Cars? Airplanes? Music? Outdoor animals? Sometimes we have to be quiet to listen to the things around ...

  • Day 15: Saint Nicholas

    Episode 15

    Let's Pray
    Dear Lord, even if I have nothing material to give, I can always give away kindness. Help me be kind to those I meet today. Amen.
    Advent Action
    Talk with your family about how you can give to others in need. Is there a food pantry at church that you can donate some canned food to? Are ...

  • Day 16: The Decree

    Episode 16

    Let's Pray
    Dear Jesus, help me spread the joy of faith today! Help me cheer up the people around me! Amen.
    Advent Action
    Think of a time when something difficult happened but God's blessing came next. How was God with you through it all?

  • Day 17: Traditions

    Episode 17

    Let's Pray
    Heavenly Father, help me remember that when you sent Your Son, You sent Him for the entire world. Amen.
    Advent Action
    Talk with your family about Christmas traditions in other parts of the world. You can look them up online or in a book. Traditions may be different, but we all celebrat...

  • Day 18: The Long Road

    Episode 18

    Let's Pray
    Dear Jesus, You are the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. I am so thankful that I can place my life in Your hands! The thought of that gives me great, great joy! Amen.
    Advent Action
    Many people around the world have had to leave their homes and live in another country. Many have had...

  • Day 19: Forever

    Episode 19

    Let's Pray
    Lord Jesus, thank You for eternal life! Help us to share Your message with others that they too, may enjoy Your kingdom forever! Amen.
    Advent Action
    Sit in a circle. Take turns telling the person on your right why you are thankful for them. Then tell the person on your left. Hear why t...

  • Day 20: An Animal House

    Episode 20

    Let's Pray
    Lord Jesus, today many of us have more than You and Your family did when You were born. Help us not to forget the poor. Help us to be grateful. Amen.
    Advent Action
    Think about putting up a Nativity Scene or making one out of materials around your home. Put it in a place you need to pas...

  • Day 21: Things That Can Break

    Episode 21

    Let's Pray
    Jesus, at Christmas we celebrate Your arrival. Help me bring Your love to others every day and all year round. Amen.
    Advent Action
    A few days ago, we made a Christmas card for a friend or relative. This time let's make one for other people like our teacher or priest or the person who w...

  • Day 22: The Star

    Episode 22

    Let's Pray
    Lord Jesus, help my life reflect Your light today and every day of the year. Amen.
    Advent Action
    Saint Therese, the Little Flower, is the Patroness of Missionaries. Missionaries bring God's light to others. Ask Saint Therese to help you be God's light to those around you.

  • Day 23: The King Is Born

    Episode 23

    Let's Pray
    Mary and Joseph, pray for me. That I may be as giving as you. Amen.
    Advent Action
    Read the Christmas story in the Bible. Think about how important Jesus was to the gospel writers and how important He is to you too!

  • Day 24: The Shepherds

    Episode 24

    The Christmas season is here and Brother Francis explores the life of Christ in this last video in the Advent reflections series.
    Advent Action
    Stop for a minute as a family. We do not walk into the New Year alone. We have each other and we have God and the saints. Pray the Creed together and tak...