Advent

Thursday, December 17, 2015 - 10:52

The Great "O" Antiphons are seven brief prayers that are traditionally chanted or sung on successive evenings starting on December 17. The precise origin of these texts is unknown. However, by the 8th and 9th centuries, the church in Rome and...

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015 - 10:52

Las Posadas, Spanish for “the inns,” is an Advent celebration of hospitality in Mexico and some parts of Central and South America. The Posadas symbolize Mary and Joseph’s long, frustrating search for a place to stay where Jesus could be born....

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015 - 10:52

Advent gives us the opportunity to work on spiritual practices that may not come easy. The Christ Child that is to be born will grow up to be the Jesus who teaches some difficult truths about love. He preaches that feeling and showing love is easy...

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Monday, December 14, 2015 - 01:20

Charles Wesley, one of the co-founders of the 18th century Methodist movement, wrote well over 6,000 hymns including seasonal favorites “Come, Thou Long- Expected Jesus,” “Lo, He Comes with Clouds Descending,” and “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing.”...

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Sunday, December 13, 2015 - 01:20

The third Sunday of Advent is known as Gaudete Sunday. The term is derived from the Latin opening words of the introit antiphon, "Rejoice (Gaudete) in the Lord always." The theme of the day expresses the joy of anticipation at the approach of the...

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Saturday, December 12, 2015 - 01:20

The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe is celebrated on December 12, when people from across Mexico and other countries make a pilgrimage to see an image of Mary (Virgen Morena), believed to be authentic, in the Basilica of Guadalupe in Mexico City....

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Friday, December 11, 2015 - 01:20

The Feast of St. Lucia is a festival of lights celebrated in Sweden, Norway, and the Swedish-speaking areas of Finland on December 13 in the saint’s honor. St. Lucia was an early Christian martyr killed by the Romans in 304 because of her religious...

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Joy

Thursday, December 10, 2015 - 01:20

Waiting isn’t often a joyful experience, but living in the true spirit of Advent can bring joy and lessen the anxiety frequently associated with having to wait for something hoped for. Joy comes from preparing our hearts for the Light which will...

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015 - 01:20

Lessons & Carols services in the Anglican tradition began in 1878 and was formalized as a Christmas service in 1880 by the Bishop of Truro, later Archbishop of Canterbury, Edward Benson. An Advent version of the service – normally carried out...

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Tuesday, December 8, 2015 - 10:52

During Advent, we wait with Mary for the birth of her son. We share her anticipation and honor her as Christ’s mother. The traditional western liturgical calendar celebrates December 8 at the feast of the Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and...

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