Beginning the Church's liturgical year, Advent (from, "ad-venire" in Latin or "to come to") is the season encompassing the four Sundays (and weekdays) leading up to the celebration of Christmas.
The Advent season is a time of preparation that directs our hearts and minds to Christ’s second coming at the end of time and to the anniversary of Our Lord’s birth on Christmas. From the earliest days of the Church, people have been fascinated by Jesus’ promise to come back. But the scripture readings during Advent tell us not to waste our time with predictions. Advent is not about speculation. Our Advent readings call us to be alert and ready, not weighted down and distracted by the cares of this world (Lk 21:34-36). Like Lent, the liturgical color for Advent is purple since both are seasons that prepare us for great feast days. Advent also includes an element of penance in the sense of preparing, quieting, and disciplining our hearts for the full joy of Christmas.
As we prepare for Christmas, the General Instruction of the Roman Missal notes some differences to the Mass that should be observed during the season. For instance, the priest will wear violet or purple during Advent, except for the Third Sunday of Advent (Gaudete Sunday) when rose is worn (GIRM, no. 316). Aside from what the priest wears, other aesthetic changes in the Church can include a more modestly decorated altar.
The final days of Advent, from December 17 to December 24, we focus on our preparation for the celebrations of the Nativity of our Lord at Christmas. In particular, the "O" Antiphons are sung during this period and have been by the Church since at least the eighth century. They are a magnificent theology that uses ancient biblical imagery drawn from the messianic hopes of the Old Testament to proclaim the coming of Christ as the fulfillment not only of Old Testament hopes, but of present ones as well.
Advent devotions including the Advent wreath, remind us of the meaning of the season. Our Advent calendar above can help you fully enter into the season with daily activity and prayer suggestions to prepare you spiritually for the birth of Jesus Christ.
Parish Advent Activities
Advent Retreat: Prayer Finding Intimacy with God
With the clear teaching and artistry of the Augustine Institute's Lectio series, Dr. Tim Gray masterfully uses the discipline of Lectio Divina to show you how to make prayer an effective effort of love and intimacy.
In six video sessions, Lectio: Prayer: Finding Intimacy with God captures the secret to opening our hearts and minds to Scripture as the means to hear from God and then respond in conversation, basking in his presence and resolving to live in and through his love.
Tuesday 29th November 2022 | 7:00p.m. at St. Francis
Tuesday 6th December 2022 | 7:00p.m. at St. Francis
Tuesday 13th December 2022 | 7:00p.m. at St. Francis
Advent Family Evening
Bring the Whole Family!
- Includes Advent Evening Prayer and Activities for the family
- Sunday 27th November 2022 6:00p.m. at St. Francis.
Bring eats/drinks to share.
Aurora (Dawn) Masses
17th-24th Dec. (excluding Sunday 18th) 5:30am
at St. Francis
- Intensified preparation for Christmas. Mass takes place in darkness with candlelight as we wait for the Lord who comes.
Masses will be Live Streamed
St. Francis S/ Grande: To be announced
Coalmine: Sunday To be announced
Vega de Oropouche: To be announced
Matura: To be announced
Prayers of the Faithful
response in Advent:
"Maranatha Come Lord Jesus, Alleluia, Alleluia, Maranatha come Lord Jesus, Alleluia Amen."
Maranatha is an Aramaic word translated as Come, Lord. (Rev 22:20).
Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception:
Thursday 8th December,
Holy Mass 6:00 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi
Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Friday 2nd December 2022:
5:00p.m. - 6:00p.m. at St. Francis