Only in God - Our Advent Journey - Day 1
Day 1 - The Advent Wreath
10 days of Advent Reflections
A series of ten articles in preparation for Christmas. We set out to meet the Lord and be prepared.
If we know someone is coming to visit us we usually prepare. Cleaning the house, preparing food etc., Likewise Advent in terms of Christianity is a Spiritual preparation for the coming of the birth of Christ.
In this series of short reflections we look at particular aspects of our relationship with God.
It is not an examination of conscience, just a simple check on what more we can do to ensure a welcome place in our hearts for Jesus, to know Him just a little better and to really love Him above all things.
Day 1 The Advent Wreath
In this the first of a series of ten leading us up to Christmas I look at something we see on altars each year and perhaps take it for granted - the Advent Wreath.
The wreath, typically a circular garland of evergreen branches, is a symbol of eternity and unending love. Five candles are arranged on the wreath, and one is lit each Sunday as a part of the Advent services.
Each of the Advent Candle colours represents a specific element of spiritual readying for the celebration of Christmas.
These three principal colours of Advent are packed with rich meaning - Purple, pink and white.
Purple (or violet) has traditionally been the primary colour of Advent, symbolising repentance and fasting. Purple is also the colour of royalty and the sovereignty of Christ, demonstrating anticipation of and reception of the coming King celebrated during Advent.
Today many churches have begun to use blue instead of purple, as a means of distinguishing Advent from Lent. Others use blue to signify the colour of the night sky or the waters of the new creation in Genesis 1.
The first candle of the Advent Wreath, the Prophecy Candle or Candle of Hope, is purple.
The second, called the Bethlehem Candle or the Candle of Preparation, is also purple in colour.
Likewise, the fourth Advent Candle colour is purple. It's called the Angel Candle or the Candle of Love.
Pink (or rose) is also one of the colours of Advent used during the third Sunday of Advent, also known as Gaudete Sunday. Pink or rose represents joy or rejoicing and reveals a shift in the season away from repentance and toward celebration.
The third Advent Wreath Candle, named the Shepherd Candle or Candle of Joy, is pink in colour.
White is the colour of Advent representing purity and light. Christ is the sinless, spotless, pure Saviour. He is the light come into a dark and dying world. Also, those who receive Jesus Christ as Saviour are washed of their sins and made whiter than snow.
Lastly, the Christ Candle is the fifth Advent Candle, positioned in the centre of the wreath. This Advent Candle's colour is white.
Spiritually preparing by focusing on the colours of Advent in the weeks leading up to Christmas is a great way for Christian families to keep Christ the centre of Christmas, and for parents to teach their children the true meaning of Christmas.
To come in this series
Day 2. The Blessed Sacrament.
Day 3. Reading the Word - Scripture
Day 4. Hope for the future - addiction- trusting in God
Day 5. Love the greatest commandment
Day 6. Prayer life. Talking to God.
Day 7. The first and second coming of Christ
Day 8. Mary
Day 9. St Joseph
Day 10. Rejoicing at the Birth of the Saviour of the World - Our Journey
Oh my Jesus as we approach the holy feast of Christmas
Help us renew our faith and love in You
Help us feel the warmth of your great love for us
Listen to our prayer and provide us with what we need
Rather than what we want. Amen
TODAY is Wednesday of the 3rd week of Advent
Other saints: Blessed Mary of the Angels (1661-1717)16 Dec (where celebrated)Born in Turin, Italy, in 1661, she died, after spending her whole life there, in 1717. In 1675 she entered the Discalced Carmelite Convent of St. Christina, and several times filled the offices of Prioress and Novice Mistress. She underwent continual spiritual trials, but was constant in her ardent love of God. She was outstandingly faithful to prayer and particularly devoted to St. Joseph, in whose honour a convent was founded through her good offices at Moncalieri.Carmelite Breviary
Rejoice always in the Lord. He loves us. He is always there for us. He is very near. Trust in Him, pray to Him. He will always provide for our needs. Again I say rejoice in the Lord. Always
WORD OF OUR LORD
Luke 7:19-23 - 'Are you the one who is to come?'
John, summoning two of his disciples, sent them to the Lord to ask, ‘Are you the one who is to come, or must we wait for someone else?’ When the men reached Jesus they said, ‘John the Baptist has sent us to you, to ask, “Are you the one who is to come or have we to wait for someone else?”’ It was just then that he cured many people of diseases and afflictions and of evil spirits, and gave the gift of sight to many who were blind. Then he gave the messengers their answer, ‘Go back and tell John what you have seen and heard: the blind see again, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised to life, the Good News is proclaimed to the poor and happy is the man who does not lose faith in me.’
THOUGHT FOR TODAY
Jesus loves everyone with a love far beyond human recognition. Tender, kind, consoling, and longing for us to acknowledge Him and return in our humble way our love for Him and our neighbour. All He asks is that we trust Him we surrender everything to Him.
Always Remember - JESUS LOVES YOU
Say to the faint of heart: Be strong and do not fear.
Behold, our God will come, and he will save us.
Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel
Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in our hour of conflict. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil; May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; And do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan and all evil spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen.
Only in God is my soul at rest. In Him comes my salvation.
We finish as we begun
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen
Catholic Doctrine, Gospels, Catechism - onlyingod.com
Catechism taken from Catholic Catechism - catechismonline.com
The Complete New Testament - thewordofourlord.com