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First Sunday of Advent, November 28, 2004
Isa. 2: 1-5 Rom. 13: 11-14 Matt 24:37-44
Advent Homily: "The
Meaning of Advent: Waiting for Jesus" by Rev. Jeffrey Lawrence
| When I was a kid, my friends and I used to spend countless hours playing
make believe. We played school; some kids were the teachers, others were
the pupils. We played house. We played cowboys and Indians. Our bicycles
and wagons became long freight trains and trucks and fancy cars. We played
circus. We had pretend battles, and all of us were soldiers. Some kids
even played church and Mass. ...
Helpful Tension of Advent Expectation" by Carl E. Olson |
During Advent, guided by the liturgy, we look back to when God came into
the world at the Incarnation. We also look forward in time to the Parousia,
the final coming of the God-man when He will judge the living and the
dead, and the world as we know it will pass away. And, in between these
two cosmic events, we come face-to-face with ourselves, examining our
hearts and preparing them for the celebration of the great feast of Christmas.
Advent Reflection: "Marys
Gift of Self Points the Way" by Carl E. Olson | An advent
is a coming; it literally means "to come to." The season of
Advent anticipates the comingor comingsof the Son: in his
Incarnation two thousand years ago, in his future return in glory, and
in the mystery of the sacraments, especially the Holy Eucharist. ...
"Baking with Children",
an excerpt from A Continual Feast by Evelyn Birge Vitz
| Advent is a wonderful time to bake with
children. Its not just that it is funthough it is fun. This
baking picks up the themes of Advent: the preparing of gifts for others,
to make them happy, and the waiting for Christmas before eating the good
things we prepare. ...
"The Advent Wreath",
an excerpt from Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany in the Domestic Church by by Peter & Catherine Fournier
| Every season of Advent is a new
reminder of the promise of eternity. (CCC 1020 - 1029) Thus, Advent wreaths are made of evergreens
to symbolize God's "everlastingness" and our immortality. (Purple is the liturgical color for Advent,
green in the wreath symbolizes hope and new life.) Four candles--three purple or violet that represent
penance, sorrow, and longing expectation and one rose or pink that represents the hope and coming joy--are
used to represent the four weeks of Advent. ...
Ignatius Press books and music for Advent and Christmas. Books
for the entire family, including Fiona French's beautifully illustrated
Bethlehem, books by theologian John Saward, and classic Catholic Christmas
The page for the second week of Advent is here.
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