Sun., Dec. 2 – First Sunday of Advent
Lord, our God, we praise You for Your Son, Jesus Christ, for He is Emmanuel, the Hope of all people.
He is the Wisdom that teaches and guides us.
He is the Savior of us all.
let your blessing come upon us as we light the first (purple) candle of this wreath.
May the wreath and its light be a sign of Christ’s promise of salvation.
May He come quickly and not delay.
We ask this in His holy name. Amen.
Courtesy of EWTN.
We light a advent candle today, a small dim light against a world that often seems forbidding and dark. But we light it because we are a people of hope, a people whose faith is marked by an expectation that we should always be ready for the coming of the Master. The joy and anticipation of this season is captured beautifully in the antiphons of hope from the monastic liturgies:
See! The ruler of the earth shall come, the Lord who will take from us the heavy burden of our exile
The Lord will come soon, will not delay.
The Lord will make the darkest places bright.
We must capture that urgency today in the small flame of our candle. We light the candle because we know that the coming of Christ is tied to our building of the kingdom. Lighting the flame, feeding the hungry, comforting the sick, reconciling the divided, praying for the repentant, greeting the lonely and forgotten – doing all these works hastens His coming.
Courtesy of EWTN.
To try this week
We encourage you to try one (or more) of the following items this week to enrich your Advent experience and draw you closer to Christ.
- Do a random act of kindness for someone you don’t know (buy someone’s coffee, bring flowers to a nursing home, bake cookies for a neighbor you don’t know well).
- Send a note or card to someone who may be going through a difficult time this Advent and Christmas season.
- Spend uninterrupted (phone-free) time with your spouse and/or children. Do something fun, like play a game, go out for coffee or hot chocolate, or read a book.
- Tell someone you love them/appreciate them/admire them/etc.