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“Advent has a twofold character, for it is a time of preparation for the Solemnities of Christmas, in which the First Coming of the Son of God to humanity is remembered, and likewise a time when, by remembrance of this, minds and hearts are led to look forward to Christ’s Second Coming at the end of time. For these two reasons, Advent is a period of devout and expectant delight” (Universal Norms, 39) . In 2014, Advent begins on the evening of Saturday, November 29 and lasts through the afternoon of December 24. We begin a new church year.
Are you listening to the Word of God?
The scripture readings at Sunday Mass are arranged in a three-year cycle. This is Year B, the year of Saint Mark, when his Gospel is read more often than the others. You can see how the Gospel of Mark is distributed throughout the year HERE. It is Year 1 of the weekday readings, which are arranged in a two-year cycle.
We begin the season hearing of the Coming of the King of Glory.
Each Sunday of Advent has its own readings and character.
The First Sunday of Advent — End Times and the coming of the Day of the Lord .
The Second Sunday of Advent — John the Baptist as the forerunner of Jesus who came to prepare the way of the Lord.
The Third Sunday of Advent — continues with John the Baptist in the Gospel. The other readings express joy at the advent of the incarnation.
The Fourth Sunday of Advent — events that immediately before Jesus’ birth in the lives of Joseph and Mary of Nazareth.
The weekdays of Advent are divided into two parts. Through December 16, the Gospel readings are excerpts from Matthew and Luke, the first reading generally from the Prophet Isaiah. From December 17 to 24, we hear, in sequence, the first chapters of Matthew and Luke, the first readings are from various books of the Old Testament prophets, chosen to thematically complement the Gospel.
The liturgical color of Advent is violet or purple. The Sundays of Advent take precedence over all other days, so that even the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception is moved to December 9 when its normal date, December 8, falls on a Sunday.
What does Advent Mass sound like at Saint Jude Church? The link will take you to our Sunday Advent music.
We begin Sunday Advent Masses with the Entrance Antiphon rather than a hymn. These scripture verses, different each day, are sung by the cantor or choir as part of the “Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord”. Notice also that before we sing our communion refrain, “To You, O Lord,” we hear the cantor chant the Communion Antiphon of the day.
You’ll find our parish calendar of Advent and Christmas celebrations HERE.
When you sit down to eat, don’t forget the Advent Meal Prayer.
Remember the role of Mary in the coming of Jesus.
What or who are we waiting for?
Advent Waiting is for young people, too.
Why do we use the Advent wreath?
Send an Advent e-card.
Celebrate the customs and traditions of Advent! Scroll down to the Full Liturgical Calendar, or look at the column to the right, and click on individual days to find scripture readings, music, recipes, activities and information on the observance of Advent.