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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. The Church discourages excessive ornamentation, boisterous music and even weddings during Advent, in order to foster a sense of quiet hope.

Blessing of the Advent Wreath

Third Week 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 Advent, we 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)

Lord our God,

We praise you for your Son, Jesus Christ:

He is Emmanuel, the hope of the peoples,

He is the wisdom that teaches and guides us,

He is the Savior of every nation.

Lord God,

Let your blessing come upon us

As we honor the second candle of this wreath.

May the wreath and its light

Be a sign of Christ’s promise to bring us salvation.

May he come quickly and not delay.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Amen

Second Week 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 Advent, we 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)


Lord our God,

We praise you for your Son, Jesus Christ:

He is Emmanuel, the hope of the peoples,

He is the wisdom that teaches and guides us,

He is the Savior of every nation.

Lord God,

Let your blessing come upon us

As we honor the second candle of this wreath.

May the wreath and its light

Be a sign of Christ’s promise to bring us salvation.

May he come quickly and not delay.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Amen

First Week 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:

"So be on the watch. Pray constantly for the strength to...stand secure before

the Son of Man." (Luke 21:36) In the First Week of Advent, we prepare ourselves for the Lord's coming into our world and into our lives. We ask, "In what area of my life do I stand at a distance from God?" We examine our relationships with family, friends, classmates, business associates, and neighbors. Is our faith reflected in each experience of human contact? Is love of God and neighbor the basis for our interaction with others? 

(Light the first purple candle)

Lord our God,

We praise you for your Son, Jesus Christ:

He is Emmanuel, the hope of the peoples,

He is the wisdom that teaches and guides us,

He is the Savior of every nation.

Lord God,

Let your blessing come upon us

As we honor the first candle of this wreath.

May the wreath and its light

Be a sign of Christ’s promise to bring us salvation.

May he come quickly and not delay.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Amen

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

Arrangement by Alec Noll

Violin - Jordan Manocchi

Piano - Alec Noll

Recorded in our Parish December 9, 2018

All parishioners should have received the below documents in the mail, if you need another copy, click to print

Christmas Letter

Seasonal Calendar of Events 

Our Tri-Parish Advent Penance Service will be held on Wednesday, December 15th at 7pm at Immaculate Conception.

All are welcome!

Sacrament of Reconciliation is available by appointment, please contact the parish office to schedule a time. 

Immaculate Conception 518-399-9168

Our Lady of Grace 518-399-5713

St. Joseph's 518-346-2316



Feast of the

Immaculate Conception

is Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Mass will be celebrated at 9:00am

A Vigil Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, December 6 at 6:30pm

Both Masses will be at Immaculate Conception