Advent 2018

Palestinian Christians lighting candles in the Catholic Church of the Annunciation at Beit Jala, Bethlehem, after the Sunday morning Mass on 3rd November 2013.
‘Saint John the Baptist Bearing Witness’ (c. 1506.) from the workshop of Francesco Granacci (Italian, 1469–1543 Florence)
Nicolas Poussin, (c.1635): “St John the Baptist Baptizes the People”
‘The Annunciation’ by Edward Burne-Jones (c.1862)

The Advent season is a time of preparation that directs our hearts and minds to Christ’s second coming at the end of time and also to the anniversary of the Lord’s birth on Christmas. The final days of Advent, from December 17 to December 24, focus particularly on our preparation for the celebrations of the Nativity of our Lord (Christmas).

In addition, the Church teaches that “when the Church celebrates the liturgy of Advent each year, she makes present this ancient expectancy of the Messiah, for by sharing in the long preparation for the Saviour’s first coming, the faithful renew their ardent desire for his second coming. By celebrating John the Baptist’s birth and martyrdom, the Church unites herself to his desire: ‘He must increase, but I must decrease’.”
(Catechism of the Catholic Church 524)

 

First Sunday of Advent

“May the almighty and merciful God, by whose grace you have placed your faith in the First Coming of his Only Begotten Son and yearn for his coming again, sanctify you by the radiance of Christ’s Advent and enrich you with his blessing. Amen.

As you run the race of this present life, may he make you firm in faith, joyful in hope and active in charity. Amen.

So that, rejoicing now with devotion at the Redeemer’s coming in the flesh, you may be endowed with the rich reward of eternal life when he comes again in majesty. Amen.

And may the blessing of almighty God, the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, come down on you and remain with you for ever. Amen.”

Blessing at the end of Mass for the First Sunday of Advent

Second Sunday of Advent

“It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation, always and everywhere to give you thanks, Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God, through Christ our Lord. For he assumed at his first coming the lowliness of human flesh, and so fulfilled the design you formed long ago, and opened for us the way to eternal salvation, that, when he comes again in glory and majesty and all is at last made manifest, we who watch for that day may inherit the great promise in which now we dare to hope.”

 

From the Preface I of Advent.

 

Third Sunday of Advent
“O God,
who see how your people faithfully await the feast of the Lord’s Nativity,
enable us,
we pray,
to attain the joys of so great a salvation
and to celebrate them always with solemn worship and glad rejoicing.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen”

The Opening Prayer for Mass on the Third Sunday of Advent.

Fourth Sunday of Advent
“The angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the House of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. He went in and said to her, ‘Rejoice, so highly favoured! The Lord is with you.’ She was deeply disturbed by these words and asked herself what this greeting could mean, but the angel said to her, ‘Mary, do not be afraid; you have won God’s favour. Listen! You are to conceive and bear a son, and you must name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David; he will rule over the House of Jacob for ever and his reign will have no end.’ Mary said to the angel, ‘But how can this come about, since I am a virgin?’ ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you’ the angel answered ‘and the power of the Most High will cover you with its shadow. And so the child will be holy and will be called Son of God. Know this too: your kinswoman Elizabeth has, in her old age, herself conceived a son, and she whom people called barren is now in her sixth month, for nothing is impossible to God’ ‘I am the handmaid of the Lord,’ said Mary ‘let what you have said be done to me.’ And the angel left her.”
Luke 1: 26-38

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