November 12, 2017
32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
“Therefore, stay awake, for you know neither the day nor the hour.”
Preparing for Advent
We are still three weeks away from Advent, but I wanted to address this oncoming season beforehand so you have a chance to prepare. It is a tradition during Advent to have an Advent Wreath, which consists of a small evergreen wreath and four candles.
The first Sunday of Advent we light the first purple candle as a symbol of Hope that comes from the coming messiah brining salvation. The second Sunday we light the second purple candle as a symbol of Peace for Christ the Prince of Peace. The third Sunday we light the rose candle as a symbol of Joy in honor of the shepherds who heard the joyful news about the Christ Child. And the fourth Sunday we light the final purple candle as a symbol of Love in honor of God’s love for us. As we read in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.”
The flame of the candles symbolizes Christ, the light of the world, and this light gets brighter as more candles are lit and we come closer to Christmas. The wreath is in a circle as a symbol of God’s eternity and unity.
If you do not already have an Advent wreath, or need new candles for yours, we are going to put in a bulk order as a parish this Wednesday, November 15th. To join in this order, please call or stop by the parish office Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday of this week. Here are the options and prices for us to do a group order:
|Advent wreath (without candles)||$10|
|Candles (3 purple, 1 rose)||$3|
Again, if you would like to take advantage of this group purchasing option through the parish, please let us know by Wednesday, November 15th.
Another wonderful family tradition for Advent is an Advent Calendar. This special calendar has a scripture passage for each day of Advent which anticipates the coming of Christ at Christmas. This is a wonderful tradition especially for families with younger children. I loved doing this myself with my family growing up. We have ordered several Advent Calendars and they will be available to you soon for free!
We will talk more about Advent soon, but I wanted to get you thinking about some great ways to celebrate Advent as a family. Our world encourages us to jump right from Thanksgiving (or even from Halloween) right into Christmas, but we really need this beautiful season of Advent before Christmas to prepare our hearts to welcome the Christ Child.
You are in my daily prayers.
God bless you,