ADVENT

A Season of Preparation

As faithful we are reminded of the Lord's First Coming - Christmas Day. Advent is a time to reflect on the mystery of the incarnation when our Lord humbled Himself, became Man and experienced our time and space to free us from sin.  It is also a season to reflect on what we profess in the Creed that our Lord will come again to judge the living and the dead and that we must be ready to meet Him upon His Second Coming.

ADVENT - A celebration for four weeks; four Sundays prior to Christmastime.  Each week we listen with an open heart to scripture reminding us of the preparation and anticipation of the coming of the Messiah.  It is a season of hope, faith, joy and peace.  There are many ways to celebrate this season with a few traditions and prayers below to use throughout the season -- visit for updates!  
           
 SUNDAY, 27 NOVEMBER THRU SATURDAY, 24 DECEMBER 

ADVENT WREATH -- The wreath is a circle which has no beginning or end and usually made with evergreens.  It symbolizes Christ's coming to give us new life through His Passion, Death and Resurrection.  The wreath has four candles, one for each week of the season, representing HOPE, PEACE, JOY and LOVE.   Three candles are purple symbolizing prayer, penance, preparation (sacrifice) and one  pink candle symbolizes the third Sunday of Advent, Gaudete Sunday, when we rejoice because our preparation is half-way finished.

The light of the candle represents Christ, who entered this world of darkness and by His life showed us the way of good.  The brightening of light with each additional candle lighted demonstrates our increasing readiness for the coming of Our Lord.  Lighting the candles and praying together as part of our faith community and within our family helps us focus on the true meaning of Christmas. 

Week I All-powerful God, increase our strength of will for doing good that Christ may find an eager welcome at His coming and call us to His side in the kingdom of heaven, where He lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen

Week II - Father in heaven, our hearts desire the warmth of Your love and our minds are searching for the light of Your Word. Increase our longing for Christ our Savior and give us the strength to grow in love, that the dawn of His coming may find us rejoicing in His presence and welcoming the light of His truth. We ask this through Jesus Christ. Amen

Week III - Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, ever faithful to Your promises and ever close to Your Church: the earth rejoices in hope of the Savior's coming and looks forward with longing to His return at the end of time. Prepare our hearts and remove the sadness that hinders us from feeling the joy and hope which His presence will bestow, for He is Lord for ever and ever. Amen.

Week IV - Lord, fill our hearts with your love, and as You revealed to us by an angel the coming of Your Son as man, so lead us through His suffering and death to the glory of His resurrection, for He lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


ADVENT REFLECTIONS & MOVIES USING FORMED.org - Throughout the Season of Advent receive daily reflections or watch special videos for BOTH children and adults using your cell phone and/or computer.  Check out this free gift from our parish to you and your family!  Read More

BLESSING YOUR CHRISTMAS TREE - Another tradition is to leave your tree without ornaments for a week or at least a few days to be reminded that we are waiting in anticipation for His coming.  Then after decorating your tree saying a simple prayer and blessing as it depicts the joy of family.  Use the blessing below, see bulletin 4 December 2022, or visit usccb.org for other more formal blessing of your Christmas Tree.  Pray with family daily by your tree.

Blessing - Dear God, two thousand years ago, You brought Your son, Jesus into this world to teach us the power of love and sacrifice. As we raise this tree, we remember His birth and the meaning of His life for us. Bless this tree as a symbol of our celebration of Jesus' birth and our gratitude for His sacrifice. May the joy this tree brings and the gifts we place under it remind us of the many gifts You have given us. We ask Your blessings upon our loved ones, this day and always. Amen.

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ADVENT


CONFESSIONS HEARD:
Saturday 3, 10,17 December
3:00PM - 4:00PM
&
Friday 2, 9 16 December
4:00PM - 5:00PM

 

ADVENT WREATH 
in SCS Church

 



 Light Up for Christ
Christmas Tree

Lighting on 8 December
following 4:30PM Mass
Sienna Center Lobby 
 

Nativity Blessing
8 December
Outdoor in Front of SCS Rectory
following 4:30PM Mass