Joy to the World!
As we send this note out, it is still Advent, with the 4th Sunday also being Christmas Eve! And with so much left to do and so little time, this reflection seems particularly fitting.
“O creator God, Our world is pregnant with the anticipation of the birth of your Son. We are bursting in our preparedness, for the feast of Christmas will soon be here. Everything seems to be in order: the plans are agreed to, the tree is decorated, most of the gifts are wrapped, and we think we are ready. However, Lord, as we pause to offer this prayer, we realize that some things have been rushed, and, in the process, some important things have been forgotten. In this brief moment of quiet, help us to be at least thankful.
Help us to appreciate the Word that comes to dwell with us. Help us to hope in the promise of His way, truth, and life. Help us to join with the angels who sing your praise. Grant us the lasting peace of this great season of joy. We pray in the name of our long-expected Lord. Amen.”
~ from The Essential Advent and Christmas Handbook
A Prayer for Christmas Morning:
God of love,
Father of all,
the darkness that covered the earth
has given way to the bright dawn
of Your Word made flesh.
Make us a people of this light.
Make us faithful to your Word,
that we may bring Your life
to the waiting world.
Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Church of the Resurrection: 4:00 pm, 7:00 pm,and 10:00 pm
Church of the Assumption: 2:00 pm, 4:30 pm,6:30 pm and 10:30 pm
Church of the Resurrection: 10:00 am
Church of the Assumption: 8:30 am and 11:00 am
Feast of Mary, Mother of God
(This feast is not a day of obligation this year.)
Assumption: 9:00 am
Resurrection: 10:00 am
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on Saturday, December 23, 2017 at 7:00AM