With the Solemnity of Christ the King, which the Church celebrated yesterday (Sunday, Nov. 25), the church year is coming to a close. The new church year begins this Sunday, Dec. 2, the First Sunday of Advent.
It's not easy to observe a penitential season (yes, Advent is intended to be penitential) that's designed to prepare us for Christmas and for Christ's second coming when the rest of the world seems bent on partying as if Christmas had begun just after Halloween. Even so, the Church calls us to focus on the true meaning of Advent during these weeks before we celebrate Our Lord's nativity, so that we'll be prepared to receive the Christ Child into our hearts once more–and ready to meet Him when he comes again.
One way to prepare ourselves for this blessed season is to take part in the Advent parish mission that began last night (Sunday, Nov. 25) and is continuing tonight (Monday, Nov. 26) and tomorrow night (Tuesday, Nov. 27). We begin each night at 7 p.m.. Let me invite you to come hear Fr. Richard Sutter, LC, a fine preacher and teacher, as he leads us to consider how we can have a "FAITH-Filled Advent."
Another way to deepen our faith during this Advent in the Year of Faith is to take part in our parish's next extended season of Eucharistic Adoration. This devotion will take place between the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Extended hours of Adoration will begin Sunday, Dec 9th, at 7:00 p.m. and continue (except during Masses) till Wednesday, Dec 12th, 5:00 a.m. (when the Guadalupe celebrations begin). Weekly guardians please note that Adoration will end at 5:00a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 12th, as Our Lady of Guadalupe celebrations will be going on afterward.
Our prayer theme for this season of Adoration is Joining Our Lady in Devotion to Her Son. Prayer literature will be provided.
Please consider signing up for an hour of Adoration and invite others to come spend a bit of quiet time in the presence of Christ.
The current schedule for this extended season of Adoration is available on-line at http://www.stbrendansatl.com/adoration-schedule/
You can quickly sign up on-line at http://www.stbrendansatl.com/adoration-signup/
I once wrote an article for COLUMBIA Magazine (the international magazine of the Knights of Columbus) about Eucharistic Adoration during Advent, which you might find of interest in this regard. You can find it on my personal website (soon to be revamped) here: http://paulthigpen.com/theology/comeletusadorehim.html
Thanks so much, and God bless!