Advent

Monday, December 7, 2015 - 10:52

While Advent is a time of waiting with hope and patience for the coming of the Christ Child, celebrating the life of St. Nicholas offers a festive opportunity to focus more on giving than receiving. Nicholas, the 3rd century Bishop of Myra, serves...

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Sunday, December 6, 2015 - 10:52

The longings and the expectations of generations are revealed through the readings of the Old Testament prophets, particularly in the book of Isaiah. The prophets call for repentance and warn of retribution if people do not turn back to God, but...

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Saturday, December 5, 2015 - 10:52

Known as The Advent Prose, Rorate Coeli are texts adapted from prophet Isaiah that speak to the longing of the prophets for the Messiah. “Drop down, ye heavens, from above, and let the skies pour forth righteousness: let the earth be fruitful, and...

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Friday, December 4, 2015 - 10:52

"Simbang Gabi,” a Filipino Christmas tradition, is a series of nine dawn masses that begin on December 16 and end with midnight mass on Christmas Eve in spiritual preparation for Christmas. After the daily mass traditional delicacies await church...

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Thursday, December 3, 2015 - 10:52

“Stir up,” from the Latin “excita,” reminds us of God’s power moving in the world, but the stirring up also connects Advent to preparing time-honored recipes for the season. In older versions of the Book of Common Prayer, the collect for the final...

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Wednesday, December 2, 2015 - 10:52

While Advent is a season of hope and expectation, it is also a time of patience as we anticipate the realization of our hopes in the birth of Jesus. We are called to wait for God to come in his own way in his own time, admitting our weaknesses and...

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015 - 11:37

John the Baptist prepares the way for Jesus Christ as the Son of God, calling for a return to God and repentance and baptism for the forgiveness of sins. He calls for a rejection of worldliness and uses baptism as an act of purification.  John the...

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Monday, November 30, 2015 - 11:37

Advent is a season of hope: for the coming of the Christ Child, for a light in dark days, for peace that passes all understanding. It is a time to remember the longing of the Jews for a Messiah    and the lineage and events leading to the birth of...

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Sunday, November 29, 2015 - 10:52

Advent, from the Latin word adventus, which means "coming,” is considered to be the beginning of the Church Year. A new season of the church brings with it a change of liturgical color. The long green season after Pentecost gives way to either...

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Monday, December 24, 2012 - 19:00

I’ve been pondering lately, just what does it mean to make a “life-giving” choice? Does it mean to nurture relationship with others rather than focus on my own ends, no matter how noble? To acknowledge the individual-ness of others, even if it...

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