Catholic Advent Saints

Saints of Advent are models for holiness

The lives of the saints inspire us, especially when we are struggling to find our way. The saints whose feast days we celebrate in Advent are no exception. In fact, it is during this season that we discover the real Santa Claus, a missionary priest, doctor of the Church, visionary, bishop, pope, martyr and a couple of Marian feasts that both teach and inspire. The list below features saint feast days during Advent, the Mass readings, a video reflection and additional information and traditions associated with each saint. You might also like our resources for an Advent calendar.


Tuesday, Dec. 3 — St. Francis Xavier, Priest

Biography

Mass Readings

Video Reflection


Wednesday, Dec. 4 — St. John Damascene

Biography

CNS Saint

Mass Readings

Video Reflection


Friday, Dec. 6 — St. Nicholas, Bishop

Biography

St. Nicholas in Advent Traditions

CNS Saint

Mass Readings

Video Reflection


Saturday, Dec. 7 — St. Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

Biography

CNS Saint

Mass Readings

Video Reflection


Monday, Dec. 9 — Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The feast of the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary acknowledges that Mary, the mother of Jesus, was conceived without original sin. To learn more, visit the Catechism of the Catholic Church (490-511). Normally, this feast is celebrated on Dec. 8 and is a holy day of obligation to attend Mass. But this year, it is not. Learn why by reading Simply Catholic.

Biography

Feast in Art, Poetry, Prayer and Meditation

Mary in Advent

Mass Readings

Video Reflection

USCCB Reflection


Wednesday, Dec. 11 — St. Damasus I

Biograpy

Mass Readings


Thursday, Dec. 12 — Our Lady of Guadalupe

Biograpy

Events in Arkansas

Mary in Advent

CNS Saint

Mass Readings



Friday, Dec. 13 — St. Lucy, Virgin, Martyr

Biography

St. Lucy Cakes (Lussekake)

Celebrating Feast Day with Children

The holiness of the virgin-martyr St. Lucy

CNS Saint

Mass Readings


Saturday, Dec. 14 — St. John of the Cross, Priest, Doctor of the Church

Biography

CNS Saint

Mass Readings


Saturday, Dec. 21 — St. Peter Canisius

Biography

CNS Saint

Mass Readings


Monday, Dec. 23 — St. John of Kanty

Biography

Mass Readings