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Beginning the Church's liturgical year, Advent (from, "ad-venire" in Latin or "to come to") is the season encompassing the four Sundays (and weekdays) leading up to the celebration of Christmas.  The Advent season is a time of preparation that directs our hearts and minds to Christ’s second coming at the end of time and also to the anniversary of the Lord’s birth on Christmas. The final days of Advent, from December 17 to December 24, focus particularly on our preparation for the celebrations of the Nativity of our Lord (Christmas).  

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Click the images below for Advent prayers and blessings, activities, and a list of events throughout the diocese!  Additional information can be found by visiting the diocesan events calendar

Christmas Mass with Bishop Cunningham will air on the following TV stations and on our YouTube channel:

  • Time Warner Cable Syracuse channel 98: December 24th, 9 & 10 am, 8 pm; December 25th, 7:30 & 11 am, 3 pm
  • 9 WSYR Syracuse: December 25th, 6 am
  • WBNG Binghamton: December 25th, 6 am
  • WKTV Utica: December 25th, 6 am

 Advent Prayers

Advent Activities

Advent Events


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