Peace Be With You

Peace be with you. And with your spirit. Peace I leave you. My peace I give you. Peace is more than just a greeting among the faithful. It is a hope and a prayer as well as a promise from above. On this, the Second Sunday of Advent, the focus is Peace.

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Light the Candle of Hope

In the Catholic Church, reading of scripture for Sunday Mass are divided into three cycles (Cycle A the Gospel of Matthew, B the Gospel of Mark, and C the Gospel of Luke with John scattered throughout). Weekday readings are in two cycles, Cycle I for odd years, the Cycle II for even years. In that way, the entire Bible is read every three years and then repeated.

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Advent, Joy and Our Lady

On this the third Sunday of Advent, we are filled with Joy and the coming of the Lord. This is a turning point, as we light the Shepherd’s Candle and recall the great joy they must have felt when hearing the angels announce that the savior was born.

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Advent’s Call for Peace

Today posed a challenge. December 5th is National Repeal Prohibition Day. Prohibition went into effect with the passage of the 18th Amendment in 1920 and repealed on December 5, 1933 with the 21st Amendment. Celebrating the end of Prohibition is easy.

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Advent’s Promise of Hope

As the secular year draws to a close, the Liturgical Year begins. Today is the First Sunday of the Advent Season. It marks the beginning of a new Church year as we begin preparations for the coming of our Lord. This year, the First Sunday of Advent shares the spotlight with the First Night of Chanukah.

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On the Fourth Sunday of Advent

Our Father gave to us the gifts of Hope, Peace, Joy and Love. For the greatest gift of all is love. Unconditional, everlasting love. Not a blind love, but one with open eyes and a forgiving heart.

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Third Sunday of Advent and Saint Lucia

Today is the Third Sunday of Advent. Unlike the two Purple Sundays before it, tonight we will light the Pink Candle. Our hearts are filled with Joy as we are drawn ever closer to Christmas. Today is also the Feast Day of Saint Lucia.

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Second Sunday of Advent and Saint Nicholas

Today two very special Christmas Season Days happily fall on the same day. December 6th is the Feast Day of Saint Nicholas. Today also happens to be a Sunday in the Advent Season.

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The Advent Season Begins

Today is the first Sunday of Advent. Our Advent Wreath will grace our dinner table each evening as we embark on the new liturgical year as Catholics. The traditions and rituals of Advent bring comfort and peace to those who believe.

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Fourth Sunday of Advent

The time has come to light the fourth candle in the Advent Wreath. As far as the wreath is concerned, the wait is over. The next candle to be lit will be on Christmas Morning. This is the final Sunday of Advent, dedicated to God’s unconditional love.

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Third Sunday of Advent

Welcome to the Third Sunday of Advent. The third Candle is pink, a symbol of joy. It is also called the Shepherd’s Candle, for when the angels announced that the savior was born, the shepherds were filled with great joy. The faithful believers wait in joyful anticipation of the coming of the Lord.

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The Second Sunday of Advent

We have reached the Second Sunday of Advent. Today we reflect on a message of peace. To bring about peace in the world, we must first have peace within ourselves. Life will always hold its struggles, dark times and difficult moments. To trust in God is to let go of the pain, the sorrow, the jealousy and anger. For only then will we be at peace.

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Celebrating the First Sunday of Advent Supper

Today is the First Sunday of the Advent Season. It marks the beginning of a new liturgical year. While many associate Advent with Christmas and the birth of Christ, it is also a time of anticipation for The Second Coming. I cannot speak for other Christian Faiths, but I can share my Catholic Perspective.

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