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Monday, 6:00pm - 8:00pm Please call before coming! Thank you!

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Tel
732-721-0179
Fax 732-721-0360
Direction to St. Mary's

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liturgical Season

Advent

 

Advent Wreath
 

"The word "advent," from the Latin adventus (Greek parousia), means "coming" or "arrival." The Advent Season is focused on the anticipating the arrival of Jesus as Messiah (Christ or King).

"The official color for Advent is violet (except for the Third Week of Advent, often called Gaudete Sunday, in which rose may be used), and the season is somewhat penitential, similar to Lent, although not so explicitly so.

"The character of worship during Advent is solemn, quiet, and less festive than during other times of the year. In the Catholic Church, for example, the Gloria in Excelsis is not used. The use of violet reflects the general themes of Advent: penitence (generally expressed more in terms of expectant hope) and royalty.

"Some prominent feasts fall within the Season of Advent, including the Feast of the Immaculate Conception and the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe."

 

Collect (Opening Prayer) for the First Sunday in Advent

Stir up thy power, O Lord, and come,
that by thy protection we may be rescued
from the dangers that beset us through our sins;
and be a Redeemer to deliver us;
Who livest and reignest with God the Father
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
ever one God, world without end.
May be said while lighting the first Advent Candle

-  All information above taken from: www.churchyear.net