Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Advent & Christmas


The liturgical year begins with this season, which lasts from the first Sunday of Advent ("Advent Sunday") to sundown on 24 December. The word "Advent" comes from the Latin "advenire" which means "arrival" and is our awaiting the arrival of Christ's birth at Christ's Mass (Christmas) and His Second Coming. Its mood is one of somber, penitential expectation.This season lasts 22 - 28 calendar days. Its color is violet.

Last Sunday was the 3rd Sunday of advent and the Following Gospel is from last sunday:

19:And this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent from Jerusalem priests and Levites to him, to ask him: Who art thou?

20: And he confessed, and did not deny: and he confessed: I am not the Christ.

21: And they asked him: What then? Art thou Elias? And he said: I am not. Art thou the prophet? And he answered: No.

22: They said therefore unto him: Who art thou, that we may give an answer to them that sent us? What sayest thou of thyself?

23: He said: I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Isaias.

24: And they that were sent, were of the Pharisees.

25: And they asked him, and said to him: Why then dost thou baptize, if thou be not Christ, nor Elias, nor the prophet?

26: John answered them, saying: I baptize with water; but there hath stood one in the midst of you, whom you know not.

27: The same is he that shall come after me, who is preferred before me: the latchet of whose shoe I am not worthy to loose.

28: These things were done in Bethania, beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing

St. John spoke of the one who would come after him, and it is He whom we celebrate this Advent season.. This Christ who will be born to die for us..

Let us all open our hearts more this season to Jesus and celebrate His Holy birth on Christmas Day!!