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Plainfield, WI

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Advent
Advent (ad-venio in Latin or "to come to") begins the Church year
and consists of the four Sundays before Christmas.
The Advent season is a time of preparation that directs
our hearts and minds to Christ’s second coming at the end of time
and also to the anniversary of the Lord’s birth on Christmas.
  
 
The four candles represent the four weeks of Advent.
Three candles are purple and one is rose.
The purple candles in particular symbolize the prayer, penance,
and preparatory sacrifices and good works undertaken at this time.
The rose candle is lit on the third Sunday, Gaudete Sunday.
Gaudete Sunday is a Sunday of rejoicing,
because the faithful have arrived at the
midpoint of Advent, when their preparation is now
half over and they are close to Christmas.
The progressive lighting of the candles symbolizes the expectation
and hope surrounding our Lord's first coming into the world
and the anticipation of his second coming to judge the living and the dead.
 

Hope

 

Week One

Proclamation

As we begin the season of Advent,
we cry out with John the Baptist:
"Prepare the way of the Lord."
It is time to become aware and alert,
waiting anew for the coming of the Lord.
Let us pray
that the Reign of God be near and
bless out world with justice and peace.
 
 

Joy
 

Week Three

Proclamation

Because of his coming,

Jesus offers healing to all who suffer.

He brings glad tidings to all

who are ready to listen.

Let us pray that the Reign of God strengthens us

and makes our hearts firm for the coming of

the Lord.

Peace

 

Week Two

Proclamation

The coming of Jesus into our world

brings surprises and challenges.

Like the wolf and the lamb,

living together peacefully,

may we prepare ourselves for the surprises that the message of Jesus will bring.

Let us pray

that the Reign of God inspires us

to repentance and harmony.

 

Love

 

Week Four

Proclamation

In today's Gospel we are reminded

that Mary conceived Jesus

through the power of the Holy Spirit.

His name was to be

EMMANUEL

which means God-is-with-us!

Let us pray that the Reign of God

fills us with the Spirit of holiness.

 

 

 

 

 

Wait for the Lord; His day is near. Wait for the Lord; be strong, take heart.