Newsletter for Sunday 29 November 2015

30 Nov

FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT

Advent marks the beginning of the new liturgical year and is most certainly a time of preparation for Christmas.  But it means more than that!

Originating from the Latin word adventus meaning ‘coming‘, Advent is a privileged time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus our Lord and Messiah at Christmas.  However, the Latin word adventus is the translation of the Greek word parousia, commonly used to refer to the Second Coming of Christ. Therefore, for we Christians the season of Advent serves as a sobering reminder both of the original waiting that was done by the Hebrews for the birth of the Messiah, and our waiting for Christ’s second return.

This year I encourage all of you to make this a special season of preparation on three levels – past, future and present:

  • Preparing to celebrate Christ’s Nativity in the past;
  • Preparing to celebrate Christ’s Second coming in the future when he shall judge the living and the dead;  And we can do all this by:
  • Preparing to celebrate Christ’s coming NOW in our hearts and minds.

“Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near” (Is 55:6) by

“…repenting and preparing a way for Him” to come into our lives, our homes and our families (c.f. Isaiah 40:3, Matthew 3:2).

When was the last time you went to confession and sought absolution?

How can one receive Christ with unclean hands and impure hearts (c.f. Psalm 24:4)?

Confession and Adoration

Every Saturday morning during Advent  9.45 am – 12.00 noon

COME  *  CONFESS  *  ADORE

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