“The four weeks of Advent focus on waiting for the Second Coming of the Lord in glory with remembering His first coming in history. In this way Advent is a preparation for Christmas. But the primary emphasis is on looking forward to the Lord’s final coming at the end of time. This focus is geared to awaken the believer to a recognition of the Lord’s daily advents into life now in what are often referred to as grace-filled moments.
This focus of Advent is made clear in the General Norms for the Liturgical Year and The Calendar issued in 1975 by the Sacred Congregation of Rites: “Advent has a twofold character: as a season to prepare for Christmas when Christ’s first coming to us is remembered; as a season when that remembrance directs the mind and heart to await Christ’s Second Coming at the end of time. Advent is thus a period for devout and joyful expectation.” (# 39) Following the Star by Reverend Mark Boyer
We invite you to deepen your relationship with Christ by participating in one or more of the following.
† An Advent Wreath can enrich your Advent prayer time. All that is required is a wreath of greenery adorned by four candles; three violet and one rose. The circular shape of the wreath is a symbol of eternity, and the greenery symbolizes hope and renewal. The candle colors symbolize penance and joy, respectively. Each week, the light becomes brighter and stronger as we wait with anxious anticipation of the coming of the Savior.
† Put a Nativity scene front and center in your home. Set out your Nativity scene at the beginning of Advent with the manger empty until Christmas Eve when Baby Jesus arrives. This sets up a mood of anticipation; everything is in place — but He has not yet come. Families can “prepare the manger” each evening by allowing the children to place a single piece of straw for each good deed done during the day. By the time Christmas Eve comes, Jesus will have a soft bed to lie in.
† Receive the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation. On Monday, December 1 at 7:00 p.m. there will be a Family Penance Service at St. Edward.
† Read and pray with the Little Blue Book. Read a Scripture passage each day and let God speak to you through the words, guiding you to reflections. These books will be in Church on the 1st Sunday of Advent.
† Visit the Blessed Sacrament in Church. Come to Eucharistic Adoration at St. Edward on December 2 & 16.
† Follow our Spiritual Snacks and Spiritual Morsels. Download our Parish WebApp: mobile.stedward.com. Get them delivered to your phone, tablet, computer, or go to our Parish Facebook page, or view the Parish Instagram, or go to the Faith Formation Seeking Faith website: http://seekingfaith.stedward.com.
† Make and pray with a Jesse Tree. The Jesse Tree helps us connect the custom of decorating Christmas trees to the events leading to Jesus’ birth. Adorn your Jesse Tree with illustrated ornaments that represent the people, prophesies, and events in the Old Testament, connecting the Advent season with the faithfulness of God.
† Attend Mass on Monday, December 9th to celebrate the feast of the Immaculate Conception. Masses are 8:15 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
† Participate in the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe (December 12) Mass will be held at St. Edward at 8:15 a.m., 5:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. (Spanish)
† Read, study and pray the Bible. Attend Fr. Dave Gruver’s Bible Study on the Letter of James on Thursdays December 5, 12, & 19 at 7:00 p.m.
† Pray the Rosary.