Church of the Immaculate Conception

  The Roman Catholic Community of Glenville, New York

 

Advent, which comes from the Latin word for "arrival" or "coming" is a period of preparation for the birth of our Lord.  Advent begins four Sundays before Christmas and is the start of our Christmas season, which lasts through the Baptism of Our Lord.  The first Sunday of Advent also marks the beginning of the liturgical year, the Church's "New Year's Day", at which time we change the cycle of the readings we are using at Mass.


Advent is a time of joyous anticipation, but also of penance and preparation for the great Christmas feast.  The liturgical color of the season is purple, a sign of penance, which is also used during Lent.  Then Church discourages excessive ornamentation, boisterous music and even weddings during Advent, in order to forest a sense of quiet hope.


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Please note:  incense will be used at all Sunday liturgies during Advent. 
There will be no incense during Saturday 5pm mass.




Blessing of the Advent Wreath

4th Sunday of Advent

Blessing

O God, bless our wreath and be with us as we prepare our hearts for the coming

of Christ. As we light the candle each day, help us to keep our own hearts burning with

Your love.

Meditation:

"Blest is she who trusted that the Lord's words to her would be fulfilled."

(Luke 1:45)

In the Fourth Week of Adventwe consider Mary's trust in God's promise, her joy in His

goodness to her. We ask, "Am I ready to receive and celebrate the coming of the Son of

God?" We have considered our relationships, our love of God and God's love for us, and

we have responded with an awakened concern for the needs of others. Now we may echo

Mary's words: "My being proclaims the greatness of the Lord. My spirit finds joy in God

my Savior." 


(Light all four candles)

Prayer:

Almighty and loving God, soon the whole world will celebrate the birth of Your

Son, Jesus. Even as we rejoice in our remembrance of His birth at Bethlehem, we find

greater comfort in His promise to come again. May our preparations for this wondrous

season remain with us, increase in us, and become as much a part of us as our breathing

and our heartbeat. Then, may we say, "Come, Lord Jesus, we are ready." Amen.




Blessing of the Advent Wreath

3rd Sunday of Advent

Blessing

O God, bless our wreath and be with us as we prepare our hearts for the coming

of Christ. As we light the candle each day, help us to keep our own hearts burning with

Your love.

Meditation:

"He will baptize you in the Holy Spirit and in fire." (Luke 3:16)

In the Third Week of Adventwe are called to respond to the gifts and graces we received

in our baptism. We ask, "Does my life today fulfill the expectations and responsibilities

of bearing the name of Christian?" What are we doing for the hungry, the oppressed, the

sick, the lonely? Do we truly care about the needs of others? Do we accomplish

cheerfully all that is expected of us in the work place or the classroom?


(Light the first two purple candles and the pink candle)


Prayer:

Almighty and loving God, Your Son has taught us the way to live as Your

children. We were blessed in our baptisms with special gifts and graces, and still there are

times when we find it hard to be all that we should be. We ask for an increased awareness

of the needs of others and for the courage to stand up for those who cannot stand up for

themselves. Please, God, help us to live in Your grace that all who know us will know

You and Your love. Amen.