Monday, November 30, 2020

At once...they followed...

  "Come after Me, and I will make you fishers of men."
At once they (Simon Peter and Andrew) left their nets
and followed Him.  ~ Matt 4: 19 (Today's Gospel)

Jesus Calling Peter and Andrew, Basilica S. Apollinare Nuovo, Ravenna, Italy

Following Our Lord's example... Invite someone... 
to Mass or Adoration this Advent Season.

Today's Liturgy: Preface II of the Apostles - Eucharistic Prayers

For You have built Your Church
to stand firm on apostolic foundations,
to be a lasting sign of Your holiness on earth
and offer all humanity Your heavenly teaching.

Therefore, now and for ages unending,
with all the host of Angels,
we sing to You with all our hearts, 
crying out as we acclaim: Holy, Holy, Holy ...

St Andrew
Apostle, Priest, Martyr
Younger brother of St Peter
Patron:  Greece, Russia, Scotland, fishermen
 Name "Andrew" (Greek: manly, brave)
Feast day  - November 30

St Andrew, pray for us!


Christmas Anticipation Prayer
Beginning on St. Andrew's Feast Day, November 30, the following prayer is traditionally recited fifteen times a day until Christmas. This is a beautifully meditative prayer that helps us increase our awareness of the real focus of Christmas and helps us prepare ourselves spiritually for His coming

Hail and blessed be the hour and moment in which the Son of God was born of the most pure Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem, in the piercing cold. In that hour vouchsafe, I beseech Thee, O my God, to hear my prayer and grant my desires, [here mention your request] through the merits of Our Saviour Jesus Christ, and of His blessed Mother.  Amen. 

Sunday, November 29, 2020

First Sunday of Advent: Renewing the HOPE...

  First Sunday of Advent
Renewing the HOPE

In Advent, Christians relive a dual impulse of the spirit:  on the one hand, they raise their eyes towards the final destination of their pilgrimage through history, which is the glorious return of the Lord Jesus; on the other, remembering with emotion His birth in Bethlehem, they kneel before the Crib. The hope of Christians is turned to the future but remains firmly rooted in an event of the past. In the fullness of time, the Son of God was born of the Virgin Mary:  "Born of a woman, born under the law", as the Apostle Paul writes (Gal 4: 4). - Pope Benedict XVI, 27 November 2005

Jesus said to his disciples: 
"Be watchful!  Be alert!" 
 Mark 13:33 (Today's Gospel) 

Fr Orr ~ St John Neumann Catholic Church  ~ Knoxville, TN ~ USA

"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. 

St John Paul II
 Quoted in Jesus, We Adore You
Paul Thigpen

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Advent season resources
"Prepare your hearts to receive Jesus the Savior." - Pope Francis

Learn more about the saints of Advent, including 
the Blessed Virgin Mary (Dec. 8, 10 and 12), St. John the Baptist, 
St Francis Xavier (Dec 3), St John Damascene (Dec 4), 
St. Nicholas (Dec. 6), St Ambrose (Dec 7), St. Juan Diego (Dec. 9), 
St. Lucy (Dec. 13), St John of the Cross (Dec 14), 
St Peter Canisius (Dec 21), and St John of Kanty (Dec 23)