First Sunday of Advent

Published on Dec 2nd, 2012 by Austin Keith | 0

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!

Although this joyful greeting may seem out of place, this weekend begins a new Liturgical Year. As the secular world celebrated Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the Church celebrated the great Solemnity of Christ the King as we wrapped up the Liturgical Year. Now we prepare for Advent. Like Lent, Advent is a penitential season. As I tell the kids, when you see Purple you have to do the three P’s: Prepare through Prayer and Penance! We prepare ourselves to encounter the child Jesus and we renew ourselves in the Christian way of life. There are many practices that help us to keep from being swept up in the secular understanding of Christmas and help us to remember the true reason for the season, CHRIST! One of these practices is the use of the Advent Wreath. Too often we set up these beautiful wreathes in our homes and pull out the same candles we used the previous year becausewe never lit them. I encourage you to perhaps start a new family tradition. On Sunday evening gather for a family time of prayer and light the candle corresponding to that Sunday, as the saying goes “the family that prays together, stays together. There are many prayer resources online or in some of the Christian store that can help. Perhaps you can encourage each other with a spiritual challenge for each week. For example, you could challenge each other to do a Random Act of Kindness each day that week and then share what that experience was like in your prayer time the following week. Advent is a wonderful time to help us grow in our faith and the Lord has a lot to share with us. You never fast forward and just watch the end of the movie, but watch it from the beginning so that the story makes sense. In the same vein, we should not jump ahead to Christmas because then we miss out on the beauty and joy Advent has to offer!

May you and your family have a Blessed Advent and a Happy New (Liturgical) Year!

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