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First Sunday of Advent
Lord, our God, we praise You for
Your Son, Jesus Christ, for He is Emmanuel, the Hope of all people.
He is the Wisdom that teaches and guides us.
He is the Savior of us all.
let your blessing come upon us as we light the first (purple) candle of this wreath.
May the wreath and its light be a sign of Christ’s promise of salvation.
May He come quickly and not delay.
We ask this in His holy name. Amen.We light a candle today, a small dim light against a world that often seems forbidding and dark. But we light it because we are a people of hope, a people whose faith is marked by an expectation that we should always be ready for the coming of the Master.
The joy and anticipation of this season is captured beautifully in the antiphons of hope from the monastic liturgies: See!
The ruler of the earth shall come, the Lord who will take from us the heavy burden of our exile.
The Lord will come soon, will not delay.
The Lord will make the darkest places bright.
We must capture that urgency today in the small flame of our candle. We light the candle because we know that the coming of Christ is tied to our building of the kingdom. Lighting the flame, feeding the hungry, comforting the sick, reconciling the divided, praying for the repentant, greeting the lonely and forgotten – doing all these works hastens His coming. Maran'tha
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CATHOLICISM: "The Pivotal Players"
Narrated by Bishop Robert Barron
Facilitated by Dr. Carl and Diane Turner
"The Lord never tires of forgiving --- never! It is we who tire of asking his forgiveness. Let us ask for the grace not to tire of asking forgiveness, because He never tires of forgiving. Let us ask for this grace."
~ Pope Francis
Let our Prayers be Offered in Solidarity with those of Pope Francis
Countries Receiving Refugees
That the countries which take in a great number of displaced persons and refugees may find support for their efforts which show solidarity.
Collaboration of Priests and Laity
That within parishes, priests and lay people may collaborate in service to the community without giving in to the temptation of discouragement.
“In an age that has thrown off all tradition, the only rebellion possible is orthodoxy.”
~Dr. Peter Kreeft