Advent

Fr. Tim's Letter - December 16th, 2018

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Hello People of the Resurrection...

On this “Gaudete Sunday” – with the scriptural counsel to “Rejoice” - because we’re closer to fulfillment than we were when Advent began, please let me share about Thomas Merton. 

One of the great spiritual writers of the mid-20th century, Merton died, accidentally electrocuted by a faulty fan, 50 years ago, December 10th, 1968, in Bangkok.

The son of artist-parents, he was a brilliant, inquisitive outrageous ‘playboy’ of a young man, when at 23, and alone in the world, he sought out Baptism as a Roman Catholic.  3 years later, he entered the Trappist Novitiate of Gethsemani Abbey, outside Bardstown, Kentucky. 

And despite the silent, cloistered, simple, austere life there, he would become a world renowned writer, correspondent and spiritual and political commentator.

He yearned for the whole of creation to find its connectedness – it’s unity and community - with God and each other.

Just a few of his insights:

(On Christmas and the Incarnation)

Into this world, this demented inn, in which there is absolutely no room for him at all, Christ has come uninvited.  But because he cannot be at home in it — because he is out of place in it, and yet must be in it — his place is with those others who do not belong, who are rejected because they are regarded as weak; and with those who are discredited, who are denied the status of persons, and are tortured, exterminated. With those for whom there is no room, Christ is present in this world.  He is mysteriously present in those for whom there seems to be nothing but the world at its worst. It is in these that He hides himself, for whom there is no room.”

(On Saintliness) “For me, to be a saint means to be myself. Therefore the problem of sanctity and salvation is in fact the problem of finding out who I am, and discovering my true self.”

There’s so much more; for now, for now, enjoy this sampling!

 

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Advent Wreath Blessing

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BLESSING OF YOUR HOME’S ADVENT WREATH

One of the strongest symbols of Advent is an evergreen wreath holding four candles, three purple/blue, and one pink for the third Sunday of Advent. The use of candles during the darkest and coldest days of the year is an ancient custom adopted in the sixth century by European Christians. The Jewish people have a similar tradition. Even as we light candles, they will be lighting the candles on their menorahs in celebration of Hanukkah.

 

+Begin with the Sign of the Cross together.

Leader: Echo after me. “Come, Lord Jesus!” (all echo)

“Come quickly!” (all echo)

 

Leader: It is wintertime, when days are short and nights are long. We need the light, the warmth, and joy of Christ. Bless this wreath as a sign to us of Jesus our Light. The circle of the wreath is a sign of God’s loving care for us, which has no ending. The evergreen branches are a sign of the faithfulness of God, which is always alive and fresh. The light of these candles will remind us of the coming of Christ at Christmas, who is the Light of the World.

(Light the 1st candle.)

 

Lord God, your son Jesus is Emmanuel, the hope of all peoples. He is the wisdom that teaches and guides us. He is the Savior of every nation. By the light of this Advent wreath we shall wait in patience for your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. His coming comforts our fears and brings hope to our waiting world and helps us spread the Light of Christ to all we meet.

 

Leader: “Come, Lord Jesus!” (all echo)

“Come quickly!” (all echo)

 

End with the + Sign of the Cross together.

The Annual Advent Prayer Partner Bread Exchange

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New this year!  As the first Sunday of Advent falls on December 2nd, the annual Advent Prayer Partner Bread Exchange will take place at every mass on the weekend of December 1/2.  Should your household of faith wish to participate as an Advent Prayer Partner, please bring a fresh loaf of bread of any kind to the liturgy of your choice that weekend, a loaf of fresh bread to be blessed/shared/exchanged.  Please clip out the prayer card below, add the last name(s) of your Household of Faith and then attach it with scotch tape to the bread you bring to church.  The loaf you then bring home in exchange will be marked as such so that our parish family of faith may be more deeply connected throughout all of Advent through acts of prayer, charity and justice.  Questions?  Concerns?  Please contact Susan for more information —- and thank you in advance for your consideration of this Advent Prayer Partner Bread Exchange.