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9 Ways to Enrich Your Advent

Advent signals the season of longing, of expectation, of anticipation, and also signals the beginning of a new liturgical year. In the liturgical cycle, the Church awaits the coming of its King, Jesus. Historically, the season looks in two directions: it replays the original coming of Jesus into the world; and it looks forward to his coming again. Furthermore, Advent is an historic penitential season, a season of contrition. That’s one of the reasons for its original liturgical color, purple, the same as Lent (not blue which represents Mary). Therefore, while Advent awaits, longs for, expects and hopes, it is…

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Advent Reflection: Keep Awake (Though You Are Sleeping)

As Christians, Advent, is not simply the countdown to Christmas, rather it is a very serious season for us, because it enables us to reflect upon the idea of time, and that our lives are lived between two the Advents: Christ’s first Advent, born in the meekness of a manger and death upon the cross, and his second Advent, when he will come again for us in glory to judge both the living and the dead. Our Gospel reading today from Mark 13 is the climax of Jesus speaking in great detail and vividness about the end of time and…