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.


Feast of the Immaculate Conception

December 7 - Vigil Mass at 6:30pm
December 8 - Mass at 9:00am followed by hospitality




Blessing of the Advent Wreath

2nd 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:

"Make ready the way of the Lord. Clear Him a straight path." (Luke 3:4)

In the Second Week of Adventwe consider our relationships with ourselves and with

God. We ask, "Do I always appreciate the union of the divine and the human that makes

me who I am?" Are we aware of the wonder of "self," the gift bestowed upon us by our

Creator? Do we appreciate and use our talents, energies, charms, and abilities for God's

glory? In prayer and worship, are we in touch with the divine Presence around us? 
(Light the first and second purple candle)



Prayer:

Almighty and loving God, You Who dwell within our hearts at every waking

moment, keep us always close to You. Help us to recognize and appreciate the gifts and

talents You have given us. Teach us to use our energies for the good of others and the

glory of Your Son Jesus, Whose promise is too precious to ignore. Keep our hearts and

minds ever alert to Your personal and loving Touch in every prayer, in every act of

worship. Amen.


Tuesday, December 12th

7pm in the Church