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December 18

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Today is the third Monday of Advent.  We light the pink or rose coloured candle which symbolizes the joy of Advent.  This candle is often called "joy" candle.

St Paul reminds us to:

Rejoice always., Pray without ceasing. [and] in all circumstances give thanks, for this is what God invites us to do.

Soon it will be Christmas,

A time for joyful celebration

A time to remember that Jesus is the reason for the season,

A time to remember that it isn't what we do that's as important as who we are:

And who we are is this:

We are

A gift from God to the world

A gift of hope

A gift of joy

A gift of truth

A gift of wisdom

A gift of courage

A gift of compassion

In this season may we unpack these gifts with care and wonder.

We conclude with our Advent Prayer:

God's hope to direct me.

God's love to surround me.

God's joy to warm me.

God's peace to comfort me.

Bless our Advent journey to Christmas with light and patience,

​With joy we continue our day in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.