Advent is one of the holiest seasons of the liturgical year. Latin for "coming," Advent is a time of anticipation and preparation. Advent invites us to stop in prayer and contemplation in advance of the birth of Christ. This year, Advent runs from November 29 through December 24. Each Sunday at Mass, a candle on the wreath is lit. It marks the "new year" for Catholics, and can serve as a time of renewal and new beginnings.
Week One, November 29, 2020: Hope
This week reminds us how the light of Christ brings hope to world often seen as dark. We are called to seek and reflect His light to all. "Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. - Hebrews 11:1
Week Two, December 6, 2020: Faith
As we enter the second week of Advent, we remember that we are faith-filled people. Are we ready to receive Jesus Christ? Have we sought out forgiveness? Have we offered it to others? "Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, 'Don’t be afraid; just believe.'" - Mark 5:36
Week Three, December 13, 2020: Joy
The third week of Advent brings us joy! We know what awaits us...the birth of Christ and with it, salvation! "These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full." John 15:11
Week Four, December 20, 2020: Peace
We light the fourth Advent candle today which symbolizes peace. May we pray and work for peace in our hearts and around the world. "These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world." John 16:23
Advent at Marist includes...
Marist will celebrate Mass on December 10 and 11. Fr. Tom Hurley '85, pastor of Old St. Patrick's will be the celebrant as the liturgy is live streamed into classes.
As a way to ‘prepare the way of the Lord,’ Eucharistic Adoration will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., from December 15 to 18. Religion teachers are invited to bring their classes to the Chapel for all or part of their class period, and all faculty and staff are invited to stop by any time to spend a little quiet time with Blessed Sacrament.
The Marist band and chorus have produced a concert to welcome the sounds of the season.
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