1st Sunday of Advent, November 30, 2014
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Holy Day of Obligation
On Monday, December 8th We celebrate the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Patronal Feast Day of the United States of America.
Masses will be celebrated:
6:30 pm - English.
8:00 pm - Spanish.
Bible & Video Study
Join us every Wednesday from 7 pm – 8:30 pm at the Saint Vincent’s Room Please invite your family and friends!
Schedule for the Bible & Video Study of James:
Chapter 4 : Wednesday, November 26th.
Chapter 5 : Wednesday, December 3rd (concluding chapter).
"We have come to do him homage."
Those were the words spoken by the magi from the East as they searched for the infant Jesus, resound through the centuries to be echoed in the heart of every person who makes a visit to the Blessed Sacrament. The presence of Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament is as real today as the infant Jesus was to the Wise men who sought Him by following a star rising in the East.
As Pope John Paul II affirms in his encyclical on the relationship of the Eucharist to the church, The gaze of the Church is constantly turned to her Lord, present in the Sacrament of the Altar, in which she discovers the full manifestation of His boundless love.
What is Advent?
Advent is the season that begins the liturgical year. It consists of four Sundays starting with the Sunday closest to November 30th. The word "advent" is derived from the Latin adventus, which means "coming" or "arrival." In the societies of the Roman Empire, the word adventus referred to the arrival of a person of dignity and great power a king, emperor, or even one of the gods. For Christians, Advent is the time when the church patiently prepares for the coming of Jesus Christ. Advent is the first part of a larger liturgical season that includes Christmas and Epiphany and continues until the beginning of Lent. Even though Advent occurs in the month of December and is often considered as a prelude to Christmas, it is not simply about waiting for the birth of Christ.
The Advent season focuses on Christ's Threefold coming past, present, and future.
- First, we remember the Lord's humble first coming in Bethlehem two thousand years ago.
- Second, we give thanks for His present and continual coming to us through Word and Sacrament.
- Finally, we look forward with hope and longing to His second coming in glory on Judgment Day.
The symbolism of the Advent wreath is beautiful. The wreath is made of various evergreens, signifying continuous life. Even these evergreens have a traditional meaning which can be adapted to our faith: Holly also has a special Christian symbolism: The prickly leaves remind us of the crown of thorns, and one English legend tells of how the cross was made of holly. The circle of the wreath, which has no beginning or end, symbolizes the eternity of God, the immortality of the soul, and the everlasting life found in Christ. Any pine cones, nuts, or seedpods used to decorate the wreath also symbolize life and resurrection. All together, the wreath of evergreens depicts the immortality of our soul and the new, everlasting life promised to us through Christ, the eternal Word of the Father, who entered our world becoming true man and who was victorious over sin and death through His own passion, death, and resurrection. The four candles represent the four weeks of Advent. A tradition is that each week represents one thousand years, to sum to the 4,000 years from Adam and Eve until the Birth of the Savior.
Three candles are purple and one is rose. The purple candles in particular symbolize the prayer, penance, and preparatory sacrifices and goods works undertaken at this time. The rose candle is lit on the third Sunday, Gaudete Sunday, when the priest also wears rose vestments at Mass; Gaudete Sunday is the Sunday of rejoicing, because the faithful have arrived at the midpoint of Advent, when their preparation is now half over and they are close to Christmas. The progressive lighting of the candles symbolizes the expectation and hope surrounding our Lord’s first coming into the world and the anticipation of His second coming to judge the living and the dead. The light again signifies Christ, the Light of the world. Some wreaths include a white candle placed in the middle of the wreath, which represents Christ and is lit on Christmas Eve. Another tradition is to replace the three purple and one rose candles with four white candles, which will be lit throughout Christmas Season.
Treasures From our Tradition
Each of the seven sacraments, like other aspects of the Church's pastoral plan, is an attempt to be faithful to the image of Christ we discover in the Gospels. Anointing of the sick is rooted in Jesus' saving deeds of healing and even rescue from death.
What is favorite encounter of Jesus with a sick person?
Often, it seems that Jesus would go at once to the person in crowd who was in the most pain, in the deepest need. man born blind, Peter's mother-in-law, a woman afflicted by years of uncontrollable hemorrhages, a little Roman girl beloved by her soldier father, a crippled lowered from the rafters, and even a man who lost his ear to a swinging sword in the garden of agony.
This list reads like an admissions chart in an emergency room, perhaps that is the point. The whole human experience from childhood to old age, from sudden catastrophic illness to chronic debilitating conditions, is represented by those for whom Jejus has such great compassion. This we can name a treasure of tradition with a capital "T".