Archive for Category: "Advent"
Disciples are sent to proclaim the Good News. Every day is a good day to share the message of Jesus Christ. And, while regular days are good, Christmastime often is even better.
Today begins the third week of the season of Advent, so we are halfway to Christmas! As we prepare our hearts for the birth of Christ and for the second coming of the Lord, we light three candles, including a special one of a different color.
The O Antiphons, also known as the Greater Antiphons, are a set of seven separate antiphons, each beginning with an “O,” and followed by a title or special attribute of the Christ-child whose birth will be commemorated on Christmas.
Advent: Week 2 — Dec. 9
There’s something about receiving an artfully wrapped gift that makes you feel special
Advent is a time for Catholics to prepare to:
- Celebrate the Incarnation at Christmas.
- Receive the Eucharist.
- Accept the Final Judgment at death and at the end of the world.
Advent comes from the Latin word “adventus,” meaning coming, and the primary focus of the season is the comings of Jesus, past, present and future — at the first Christmas, during this holy season and at the end of our lives or at the Second Coming.
“The surest way for me to tap into the spirit of Advent is to give an anonymous gift to a neighbor in need.”
Advent: Week 1 — Dec. 2
For the world of business and retail, the Christmas season began right after the kids shed their Halloween costumes and started unwrapping their treats.
Greg and Sarah Damm’s six children anticipate Christmas, but they also look forward to each Advent day’s journey toward the holy day.