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Posted on 11/30/2007 8:54:10 PM PST by Salvation
Focus on the Liturgy
There are always four Sundays in Advent, though not necessarily four full weeks. The liturgical color of the season is violet or purple, except on the Third Sunday of Advent, called Gaudete or Rejoice Sunday, when optional rose vestments may be worn. The Gloria is not recited during Advent liturgies, but the Alleluia is retained.
The prophesies of Isaiah are read often during the Advent season, but all of the readings of Advent focus on the key figures of the Old and New Testaments who were prepared and chosen by God to make the Incarnation possible: the Blessed Virgin Mary, St. John the Baptist, St. Joseph, Sts. Elizabeth and Zechariah. The expectancy heightens from December 17 to December 24 when the Liturgy resounds with the seven magnificent Messianic titles of the O Antiphons.
History of Advent
In 490, Bishop Perpetuus of Tours officially declared Advent a penitential season in the Frankish Church of Western Europe, ordering a fast on three days of every week from November 11 till Christmas. This forty days' fast, similar to Lent, was originally called Quadragesima Sancti Martini (Forty Days' Fast of Saint Martin's).
By contrast, the Advent season of the Roman liturgy, developing a century after that of the Frankish Church, was a non-penitential, festive and joyful time of preparation for Christmas. By the thirteenth century a compromise was reached, which combined the fasting and penitential character of the Gallic observance with the Mass texts and shorter four-week cycle of the Roman Advent liturgy. The liturgy of Advent remained substantially unaltered until Vatican II mandated a few minor changes to more clearly delineate the spirit of the Lenten and Advent seasons.
Customs of Advent
The first Sunday of Advent is a good time for each family member to choose a secret "Christkindl" or Christ Child for whom he or she will perform little acts of love such as a prayer, a small gift, a sacrifice, a note or a piece of candy throughout Advent.
Another such Advent practice is that of having an empty crib or manger, which each family member will soften with straw earned by a sacrifice, a prayer or a work of mercy. After Christmas, the family will gather before the Infant Savior, in his now-padded crib, for their evening prayers or for Scripture reading.
When employing new Advent customs within your domestic church it is important to remember that they are only aids, not goals in themselves. With joyful hope and anticipation, then, let us prepare for the coming of the Son of God, praying with the Church: Come, Lord Jesus, do not delay!
I couldn’t figure out (on all of the posts) how to get rid of the big space at the top. A html whiz I am not. LOL!
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Thanks Salvation... These look like terrific advent activities.
Here is another advent calendar packed with Scripture and activities.
In 2007 our traditional Advent Calendar begins December 2, and Week
Four begins December 23. As a result, there is only one day to work
on the lessons for Week Four.
We have written two Advent Calendar Guides this year, giving you
the option to begin either on the traditional beginning date of
December 2, or a week earlier beginning November 25, giving you more
time to do the lessons in Week Four.
There are 58 pages of lessons divided into the Four Weeks of Advent.
The book is divided into sections for easier download.
The td I posted was actually followed by background and alignment settings etc, but since I am using ASCII and I don't have a program to do it for me I left it empty. This should give you some idea though what area of the code is amiss (I hope). The areas that do not have the additional spacing do not have this code following. If this gives more clarity.
As usual much thanks Salvation! I know I will see many more posts, but bless you and yours throughout this holiday season and everyone on this thread . . . many, many blessings.
Oh by the way I failed to mention you can delete all of the code I posted and it will take away the spacing and not screw up anything else if you are going to repost elsewhere or at a later date. I even forgot I could type the letters in the previous html example straight up and not in ASCII! It is past my bedtime so I am not thinking straight. lol. Nite! :-)
Ping for later
I knew it had something to do either with the <head or the <body parts of the html. I just couldn’t seem to sort it out. Thanks for the lesson and the kind words.
Thanks for the ping, Jo........got snow...still?
About 3 inches of snow. I took a test drive
out of my garage and up the driveway to the road.
My 4WD Highlander goes uphill in the snow, but
doesn’t back down the hill into the garage very
well. Needed to test this for tomorrow morning.
7:45am call time for church choir.
If it doesn’t rain off (or freezes), I’ll park
up on the road tomorrow. At least I KNOW I
can get down the hill from the road.
How is it where you are? Sure is pretty.
Here's hoping for good weather for Christmas eve and Christmas day.
Just rain here.....in Auburn.....
It’s raining now, but our 3” of snow grew to 12”
last night. What a nightmare getting the car out
of the garage, up the hill and onto the level part
of the property. Now if only we could drive down
the hill to where the streets are plowed. Sheesh!
Yes, the Lord has brought warm temps and rain
to wash the snow away, but it’s still about 4”
of slush out there. We lost power for about
two hours over Tumwater and Littlerock.