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Advent Devotions

December 2, 2011

This past Sunday marked the first Sunday of Advent.  Advent is a time of “new beginnings.”  It brings the beginning of a new liturgical year.  It also prepares us in both heart and mind for the coming of Christ at Christmas.

If you are looking for daily devotionals for the Advent season try: http://www.ewtn.com/devotionals/Advent/
There are daily prayers based off of the Mass readings for the day and a number of traditions such as the Advent wreath and the Jesse Tree that are mentioned.

One tradition that my community holds during Advent that I especially love is the lighting of the Mary candle.  In our prayer manual, it discusses this:  During the Advent season a blessed candle on a stand, draped in white cloth, burns in chapel before the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  It expresses our longing, in union with Mary, for the coming of Christ, the Light of the world.

As I have been preparing for Mass as the Sacristan this past week, I have been able to light this candle daily.  It is a beautiful reminder, for me, of the LIGHT whose birth we are preparing for-Christ Jesus!

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