During Advent, our reflections include the lighting of the Advent Wreath. Green boughs woven into a circle symbolize the promise of new life in God's never-ending love. The 4 candles remind us of the hope, love, joy, and peace that come from being in a relationship with Jesus – a light in the darkness of our lives as we wait for the second coming of the Christ. Advent is not so much a penitential time but a time of recollection as we remember our baptismal connection to the love of God and our mission in the world.
We continue our Advent season in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
Happy New Year! This past Sunday we began a new liturgical calendar year in our Church. With the First Sunday of Advent our Church colours change from the energetic green of ordinary time to the quiet and beautifully reflective violet of Advent. And today, as we light the first purple candle on our advent wreaths. We think of "hope", or lack of hope, in our lives and in our world. The light of this candle reminds us that our experience of the coming of Jesus, the light of our world, involves Hope for a better life. It also reminds us that we are called to bring hope to one another and the world.
Let us pray:
Loving God, during this season of Advent,
we wait for the for the arrival of the child (baby) Jesus.
We pray that you will open our hearts
to receive your son Jesus Christ into our lives,
to guide and keep us safe in difficult times.
We also keep in prayer this World Aids Day, all those people living in the shadow of AIDS/HIV and ask for healing and comfort for them.
Lod God, during this Advent time help us to grow in our love and imitation of Jesus.
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.
We move into our day in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.