Tryptic by Jennifer Miller
ADVENT SEASON (DECEMBER DEVOTION)
The word 'Advent' is from the Latin 'Adventus,' which means 'coming.' Advent is the beginning of a new liturgical year (in the Western churches), and encompasses the span of time from the fourth Sunday before Christmas, until the Nativity of Our Lord is celebrated. The first Sunday of Advent is the Sunday nearest the feast of St. Andrew the Apostle (which is November 30th), and so it will always fall somewhere between November 27th at the earliest and December 3rd at the latest. The liturgical color for this season is purple (Usually a deep purple as opposed to the lighter, red-violet shade of purple associated with Lent).
Like Lent, Advent is a preparatory season. It has significance because it is a season of looking forward and waiting for something greater; both for the annual celebration of the event of Christ's birth, and for the time when Christ will come again.
Latin adventus is the translation of the Greek word parousia, commonly used to refer to the Second Coming of Christ.
As noted in the New Catholic Encyclopedia, during Advent, the faithful are asked:
• to prepare themselves worthily to celebrate the anniversary of the Lord's coming into the world as the incarnate God of love,
• thus to make their souls fitting abodes for the Redeemer coming in Holy Communion and through grace, and
• thereby to make themselves ready for His final coming as judge, at death and at the end of the world.
Prayer: Novena to St. Andrew the Apostle
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 piercing cold. In that hour, vouchsafe, O my God to hear my prayer and grant my desires (personal intentions), through the merits of Our Savior Jesus Christ, and of His Blessed Mother. Amen.
(This 25-day novena traditionally begins on November 30, the feast of St. Andrew, until Christmas day.)
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Prayer of St. Thomas
Grant me, O Lord my God, a mind to know you, a heart to seek you, wisdom to find you, conduct pleasing to you, faithful perseverance in waiting for you, and a hope of finally embracing you. Amen.
We offer up all our endeavors to the Most High, the source and summit of all that is True, Good, and Beautiful - God! We pray that we may SEE what He is showing us, HEAR what He is telling us, LEARN about Him (and ourselves in the process), and SERVE Him by bringing His light to others.
"Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, do; and the God of peace will be with you." - St. Paul: Philippians 4:6-9
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