Sunday, November 28, 2010

First Sunday of Advent

When the Church celebrates the liturgy of Advent each year,
     she makes present this ancient expectancy of the Messiah,
     for by sharing in the long preparation for the Savior’s first
     coming, the faithful renew their ardent desire for His second
     coming. By celebrating the precursor’s [St. John the Baptist's
     birth and martyrdom, the Church unites herself to his desire:
     “He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30).

--Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 524

First Sunday of Advent
It is the hour now for you to awake from sleep.  For our salvation
is nearer now than when we first believed.  Rom 13:11

"Jesus, ... the Eucharist is the sacramental testimony of Your first
coming, with which the words of the prophets were reconfirmed
and expectations were fulfilled.  You have left us, O Lord, Your Body
and Blood under the species of bread and wine that they may bear
witness to the fact that the world has been redeemed  - that through
them Your paschal mystery may reach all men as the Sacrament
of life and salvation.  The Eucharist is at the same time a constant
announcement of Your second coming and the sign of the definitive
Advent and also of the expectation of the whole Church.

When we eat this bread and drink this cup,
we proclaim Your death, Lord Jesus,
until You come in glory. 

Every day and every hour we wish to adore You, stripped under the
species of bread and wine, to renew the hope of the call to glory. Amen."

Ven Pope John Paul II
Quoted in Jesus, We Adore You
Paul Thigpen


Seconda Venuta di Christo
Prepare yourself for the coming of the Lord.
Hat tip to Greg Smisek

Advent season resources

Vatican Advent page (forthcoming)

U.S. Bishops’ Advent/Christmas Seasons (with daily family activities) Learn more about the saints of Advent,
including the Blessed Virgin Mary (Dec. 8 and 12),
St. John the
Nicholas (Dec. 6), St. Juan Diego (Dec. 9), and
St. Lucy (Dec. 13).

Doxaweb 2010 Advent Calendar (starting Dec. 1 — it’s not just for kids)

A Catholic approach to holiday gift-giving
(Dr. Marcellino D’Ambrosio)

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