Advent Anticipation: A Poll Question

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Years ago, there was a series of popular television commercials for a brand of ketchup, which showed people eagerly waiting for the thick ketchup to pour out of the tilted bottle and onto a burger while the refrain of Carly Simon’s hit song “Anticipation” rang out. The message was that anything good is worth waiting for.

Advent is a season of anticipation. However, it’s about much more than anticipating the arrival of Christmas Day. It is a season to remind us that an attitude of anticipation—of hope in good things to come—is to be a core characteristic of Christians year-round. We are a people called to live in joyful hope, anticipating the coming of Jesus Christ in every moment of our lives and in every experience, and participating in the “coming of Christ” to other people.

It is for this reason that our Advent practices tend to reflect this notion of waiting, anticipating, and looking forward with joyful hope. With the Advent season upon us, I thought it’d be a good opportunity to do one of our popular poll questions—this one, about Advent and how you like to observe it in your faith formation setting.

For Advent ideas, including the e-mail series Sacred Adventvisit Advent Resources from Loyola Press.

About Joe Paprocki 2380 Articles
Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press, where, in addition to his traveling/speaking responsibilities, he works on the development team for faith formation curriculum resources including Finding God: Our Response to God’s Gifts and God’s Gift: Reconciliation and Eucharist. Joe has more than 35 years of experience in ministry and has presented keynotes, presentations, and workshops in more than 100 dioceses in North America. Joe is a frequent presenter at national conferences including the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the Mid-Atlantic Congress, and the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. He is the author of numerous books, including the best seller The Catechist’s Toolbox, A Church on the Move, Under the Influence of Jesus, and Called to Be Catholic—a bilingual, foundational supplemental program that helps young people know their faith and grow in their relationship with God. Joe is also the series editor for the Effective Catechetical Leader and blogs about his experiences in faith formation at

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