This Sunday we will begin the Advent season. The first candle on the Advent wreath will be lit and we begin preparing our hearts and minds for the birth of Jesus. At Presentation ECC we will light our first Advent candle on Tuesday morning and we will continue to light a new candle each week. With the lighting of our first candle Fr. Tom will be present to give us all a special blessing and share with the children why we are lighting these special candles each week. Take some time to reflect on the words below from Deacon Ambrose Dobrozsi and watch the Advent video to the right. Also feel free to take some Advent resources from the table up front in the office area.
The first Mass of Advent begins with the first Sunday’s entrance antiphon, “To you I lift up my soul, O my God. In you, I have trusted; let me not be put to shame.” (Psalm 25:1) We typically think of this time leading up to the 25th as a preparation for Christmas – a preparation for our Christmas parties and presents; a preparation of our homes’ decorations; and, of course, a preparation of our hearts to remember the infant Jesus. So, lift up your soul to God now, in this time of preparation. Get your heart ready to receive Christ by trusting in God alone, before any of the sentimental or commercial parts of the holiday season. Plan your Mass for Christmas before you plan your Christmas party. In this way, by trusting first in the grace, mercy, and love of Jesus Christ, we will not be put to shame when He comes on the last day.