Advent & Christmas 2019

Beginning the Church's liturgical year,
Advent (from, "ad-venire" in Latin or "to come to") is the season
encompassing the four Sundays (and weekdays)
leading up to the celebration of Christmas.

The Advent Season
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 final days of Advent, from December 17th to December 24th, focus particularly on our preparation for the celebrations of the Nativity of our Lord (Christmas).

Advent Wreath
Advent devotions including the Advent wreath, remind us of the meaning of the season. Traditionally, Advent wreaths are constructed of a circle of evergreen branches into which four candles are inserted, representing the four weeks of Advent. Ideally, three candles are purple and one is rose, but white candles can also be used.

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 when the priest also wears rose vestments at Mass; Gaudete Sunday is the 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.

Advent Prayer for Families
Heavenly Father, your son, Jesus, is your greatest gift to us, a great sign of your love. Guide us as we strive to walk in that love together as a family this Advent. As we prepare our hearts for Christmas, bring us closer to each other and to your son. Give us the grace and strength we need every day. Help us to always trust in you. Come, Lord Jesus, lead all people closer to you. Come and dispel the darkness of our world with the light of your love. Amen.

Blessing the Advent Wreath with Children
Dear Jesus, as we light the candle (s) on this Advent wreath, may the light of your presence bring joy to our hearts. Bless our family and our friends, and be with all those who are in need this holiday season. Amen.

Contributions for Christmas Poinsettias during the Christmas season may be made in Memory of a deceased Loved one or in Honor of a living Loved one. All memorials will be printed in the bulletin unless otherwise requested. The poinsettia envelopes are provided in your “envelope box” or in the vestibule of the church for your convenience.


Saturday, December 7th
at *12:00 Noon.

There will be six priests with us to assist with the Penance Service.

You are invited to prepare for celebrating the birth of Jesus by receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation

Thursday, Dec. 5 Our Lady of the Lake, Chapin 7:00 P.M.

Saturday, Dec. 7 Corpus Christi, Lexington *12:00 Noon

Monday, Dec. 9 St. John Neumann, Columbia 7:00 P.M.

Tuesday, Dec. 10 Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Camden 7:00 P.M.

Thursday, Dec. 12 St. Martin de Porres, Columbia 7:00 P.M.

Monday, Dec. 16 Our Lady of the Hills, Columbia 7:00 P.M.

Wednesday, Dec. 18 The Basilica of
Saint Peter, Columbia 7:00 P.M.

Thursday, Dec. 19 Transfiguration, Blythewood, 7:00 P.M.

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