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“Advent Begins December 2 – The Start of the New Church Year. We Celebrate the Season of the Birth of Our Lord”

 

“Advent calls us as Christians to ponder again the mystery of our salvation, our hope that there is an answer to the riddle of earthly life with its passing joys, disappointments, sorrows and frustrations, and it apparently dark end in the oblivion of death.

Does life go anywhere? Does it have any meaning? Advent calls every one of us to stop in the struggle of life and to look up, to recall the answer to the questions of life. We are on a journey to our Father’s house. The door has been opened to us by the Son of God, and the way marked out.

Advent invites us to look back over the long centuries, during which the human race struggled on in shadows. Of course, there was always some light. It began with the promise of a Redeemer who would crush the head of the destroying Serpent, the Son of a woman at bitter enmity with evil.

As believers, we have the faith to know that God came to us through no merit of our own, and that He comes to us still by His grace. He calls us by His birth, His life, His terrible death, and His glorious Resurrection. Advent reminds us that He will come again.”

– Fr. Benedict Groeschel, excerpted from his book “Behold, He Comes”

 

Fr. Benedict J Groeschel, C.F.R.

Behold He Comes

 

Author: Fr. Benedict J Groeschel, C.F.R.

Pope John Paul II

Advent and Christmas: Wisdom From Pope John Paul II

 

Author: Pope John Paul II

Advent And Christmas With Fulton J. Sheen  Author: Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

Advent And Christmas With Fulton J. Sheen

 

Author: Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

Fr. Peter M.J. Stravinskas, Ph.D., S.T.D.

Advent Meditations

 

Author: Fr. Peter M.J. Stravinskas, Ph.D., S.T.D.

Advent, Christmas and Epiphany in the Domestic Church: Activities to Celebrate Catholic Liturgical Seasons   Author: Peter Fournier

Advent, Christmas and Epiphany in the Domestic Church: Activities to Celebrate Catholic Liturgical Seasons

 

Author: Peter Fournier

Julie Walters

Advent: A Family Celebration

 

Author: Julie Walters

 

 

 

 

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“The coming of God’s Son to earth is an event of such immensity that God willed to prepare for it over centuries. He makes everything converge on Christ: all the rituals and sacrifices, figures and symbols of the ‘First Covenant.’ He announces him through the mouths of the prophets who succeeded one another in Israel. Moreover, he awakens in the hearts of the pagans a dim expectation of this coming.

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) birth and martyrdom, the Church unites herself to his desire: ‘He must increase, but I must decrease.

Catechism of the Catholic Church, 522, 52

 

 

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Pewter Holy Family Nativity Set with Stable

Pewter Holy Family Nativity Set with Stable


Nativity Set in Hand-Painted Alabaster

Nativity Set in Hand-Painted Alabaster

Nativity Set

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Holy Family Christmas Card with Bible Verse

Holy Family Christmas Card with Bible Verse

Christ Is Born For Us Christmas Card

Christ Is Born For Us Christmas Card

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Christmas Joy Christmas Cards; 10 Pack with envelopes

Kissing the Face of God Christmas Card

Kissing the Face of God Christmas Card

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A Prayer of Saint Bernard of Clairvaux

“Let your goodness Lord, appear to us, that we, made in your image, may conform ourselves to it. In our own strength we cannot imagine your majesty, power, and wonder nor is it fitting for us to even try. But your mercy reaches us from the heavens, through the clouds, to the earth below. You have come to us as a small child, but you have brought us the greatest gift, the gift of your eternal love. Caress us with your tiny hands, embrace us with your tiny arms, and pierce our hearts with your soft, sweet cries. Amen.”

 

 

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