The First Sunday of Advent
One final reminder to join us at the noon Mass today for the blessing of the altar and start of the Advent season! We will be having a community lunch afterwards and all are welcome to join us.
Traditionally, the first Sunday of Advent represents Hope. The candle we light today (the first purple candle on the Advent wreath) is known as the “Prophet’s Candle.” This candle reminds us that Jesus is coming.
What makes Advent different from Christmas?
The word Advent comes from the Latin word
— a time before, a looking forward. It recognizes that Christ is coming at Christmas, and that we need to prepare a home for him in our hearts. It also looks forward to his second and final coming. As we celebrate the Advent season, we ask ourselves, when Jesus comes, is there room for him in our hearts? Sometimes saying no to things during Advent (such as non-stop Christmas music and parties) will help us say yes to Christ.
Today: Light your first candle of your Advent wreath when sitting down for dinner tonight. If you are looking for prayers to say as you light your candle, here are a few choices...
Sent by Amy Jacobi on Sunday, December 2 at 10:00AM