ADVENT

A Season of Preparation

As faithful we reflect back and think about the Lord's first coming into this world.  A time of the mystery of the incarnation when our Lord humbled Himself, became Man and experienced our time and space to free us from sin.  It is also a season to reflect on what we profess in the Creed that our Lord will come again to judge the living and the dead and that we must be ready to meet Him upon His second coming.

Advent is celebrated for four weeks; four Sundays prior to Christmastime.  Each week we listen with an open heart to scripture reminding us of the preparation and anticipation of the coming of the Messiah.  It is a season of hope, faith, joy and peace.  There are many ways to celebrate this season which begins on Sunday, December 2, 2018.  We will share here some of the traditions and prayers on a weekly basis; visit throughout the season for updates!  

ADVENT WREATH -- The wreath is a circle which has no beginning or end and usually made with evergreens.  It symbolizes Christ's coming to give us new live through His Passion, Death and Resurrection.  Three candles are purple, symbolizing penance, preparation, and sacrifice and one  pink candle symbolizes the third Sunday of Advent, Gaudete Sunday, when we rejoice because our preparation is now half-way finished.

The light of the candle represents Christ, who entered this world of darkness and by His life showed us the way of good.  The brightening of light with each additional candle lighted demonstrates our increasing readiness for the coming of Our Lord.  Lighting the candles and praying together as part of our faith community and within our family helps us focus on the true meaning of Christmas.