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We light a special wreath candle this week as a sign of joy

We light a special wreath candle this week as a sign of joy

| December 14, 2012 | 0 Comments

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.

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‘O Antiphons’ during Advent’s last days invoke Messiah’s titles

‘O Antiphons’ during Advent’s last days invoke Messiah’s titles

| Father Michael Van Sloun for The Catholic Spirit | December 13, 2012 | 0 Comments

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.

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Gather around the Advent wreath to pray with family, friends

Gather around the Advent wreath to pray with family, friends

| December 6, 2012 | 0 Comments

Advent: Week 2 — Dec. 9

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Advent and the art of anticipation

Advent and the art of anticipation

| Christina Capecchi | December 6, 2012 | 0 Comments

There’s something about receiving an artfully wrapped gift that makes you feel special

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Advent 101

Advent 101

| December 5, 2012 | 0 Comments

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.

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Advent saints are role models for entering more deeply into season

Advent saints are role models for entering more deeply into season

| Father Michael Van Sloun for The Catholic Spirit | December 5, 2012 | 0 Comments

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.

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Tips for celebrating Advent

Tips for celebrating Advent

| December 5, 2012 | 0 Comments

“The surest way for me to tap into the spirit of Advent is to give an anonymous gift to a neighbor in need.”

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Advent wreath prayer helps to prepare our hearts for Christmas

Advent wreath prayer helps to prepare our hearts for Christmas

| November 20, 2012 | 0 Comments

Advent: Week 1 — Dec. 2

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Advent: Rescuing the real meaning of the season

Advent: Rescuing the real meaning of the season

| November 20, 2012 | 1 Comment

For the world of business and retail, the Christmas season began right after the kids shed their Halloween costumes and started unwrapping their treats.

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Jesse Tree, other ornaments deepen experience of Church seasons

Jesse Tree, other ornaments deepen experience of Church seasons

| Susan Klemond | November 20, 2012 | 1 Comment

Greg and Sarah Damm’s six children anticipate Christmas, but they also look forward to each Advent day’s journey toward the holy day.

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A week to be refreshed, renewed

A week to be refreshed, renewed

| March 30, 2012 | 0 Comments

Read stories about how to deepen your Holy Week experience as well as a meditation on the Holy Land places associated with Jesus’ death and Easter resurrection.

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Music adds rich worship experience during Chrism Mass

Music adds rich worship experience during Chrism Mass

| March 29, 2012 | 1 Comment

The Catholic Spirit reporter, Pat Norby, offers a personal perspective of the March 27 Chrism Mass.

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