Our Advent Wreath 2021

Advent Wreath 2021

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What a surprise! My wife made a simple but beautiful wreath for this year’s Advent season. So I had to have it blessed by a priest after Mass and set up a humble table for it at our home altar.

The Mother Church starts her liturgical years on the first day of Advent. During the Advent season, Catholics prepare themselves to commemorate Christ’s first coming (Christmas) and to anticipate his second coming (Parousia). Preparation for the coming of Christ requires the faithful to exert more efforts for the good of their spiritual lives. This can be done in many ways. For example: be more fervent in their prayers, generously give alms, cheerfully fast and abstain, and voluntarily perform other forms of piety of their choice.

As the Catholic Encyclopedia puts it, With Advent the ecclesiastical year begins in the Western churches. During this time the faithful are admonished:

  • to prepare themselves worthily to celebrate the anniversary of the Lord’s coming into the world as the incarnate God of love,
  • thus to make their souls fitting abodes for the Redeemer coming in Holy Communion and through grace, and
  • thereby to make themselves ready for His final coming as judge, at death and at the end of the world.

I pray and hope we all have a blessed season of Advent and may the the joy of Christmas fill our hearts as we prepare ourselves for the coming of Christ.

Give us the grace, Lord, to be ever on the watch for Christ your Son. When he comes and knocks at our door,  let him find us alert in prayer,  joyfully proclaiming his glory. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,(one) God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Prayer of the Church from the Divine Office, First Sunday of Advent

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