I personally love the traditions and seasons of the Catholic Church! Today we begin a new Church year with the First Sunday of Advent.
- Advent has a two fold character, for it is a time of preparation for the Solemnities of Christmas, in which the First Coming of the Son of God to humanity is remembered, and likewise a time when, by remembrance of this, minds and hearts are led to look forward to Christ Second Coming at the end of time.
- We begin lighting the candles of the Advent Wreath depending on the particular Sunday of Advent.
- The Priest and Deacon wears purple, except for the Third Sunday of Advent (Gaudete Sunday) where the color rose is worn.
- The Gloria is not sung on the Sundays in Advent.
- The Scripture readings on Sunday are from the A cycle – The Gospel of Matthew! It would be great to read and study the Gospel of Matthew this year!
- The daily Scripture readings are taken from Year One (odd number years).
- Beginning on December 17th we use the “O” antiphons.
- I would encourage each family to purchase and use an Advent Wreath and to use a Catholic Advent Calendar! Both are great as a teaching resource for kids.
- Advent is time to recall the cry of the early Christians: Maranatha! “Come Lord Jesus.” It is a good time to go to the Sacrament of Penance (Confession/Reconciliation) either on Friday evening from 6:30pm – 7:30pm/ Saturday afternoon from 4pm – 5:15pm/ or at Saint Francis of Assisi Advent penance service with multiple priests on Tuesday December 13th at 7pm. Of course you are most welcome to call and make an appointment for confession with either myself or Father Ricardo.
- Don’t forget to attend Lessons and Carols!
My personal prayer for each of you is that this new church year of grace is a profound time of spiritual renewal and a time of a greater commitment to follow Jesus Christ more closely as an intentional disciple of Christ!