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Beginning the Church's liturgical year, Advent (from, "ad-venire" in Latin or "to come to") is the season that begins four Sundays before Christmas. The Advent season is a time of preparation that directs our hearts and minds both to the anniversary of the Lord’s birth on Christmas, and to Christ’s second coming at the end of time.

Advent devotions, such as the Advent wreath and calendar, reminds us to focus on the meaning of the season and builds anticipation to the Nativity of Jesus.

Traditionally, Advent wreaths are constructed of a circle of evergreen branches into which four candles are inserted, representing the four weeks of Advent.  It is customary for three candles to be purple and one rose, but white candles can also be used. The purple candles symbolize the prayer, penance, and preparatory sacrifices and goods works that should be undertaken at this time. The rose candle is lit on the third Sunday, Gaudete Sunday, when the priest also wears rose vestments at Mass. Gaudete Sunday is the Sunday of rejoicing, because the faithful have arrived at the midpoint of Advent, when their preparation is now half over and Christmas is near. The progressive lighting of the candles symbolizes the expectation and hope surrounding our Lord’s first coming into the world and the anticipation of his second coming to judge the living and the dead.

Online Self-Guided Retreat

As we prepare our homes for holiday visitors, let us also prepare our body, mind, and spirits for the coming of our Savior.  We know it is a busy time of year, and joy-filled moments spent with family and friends feed our souls, but it is also important to spend some quiet time with God.  So we're offering this online retreat to do wherever and whenever you have a few minutes "to come to" Jesus.

Each week, we will post reflections and Advent resources.  Follow along at your own pace.  You're only one click away from the renewing peace and revitalizing joy of a spiritual retreat.

Advent Retreat

Week One: Week 1, Week 1 Journal

Week Two: Week 2, Week 2 Advent Wreath

Week Three: Week 3, Week 3 Advent Resource Booklet

Week Four: Week 4, Week 4 Advent Examination




Advent Prayer Service

Wed., December 12, 6:30pm, OLA


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