Our Lady of the Visitation - Shippensburg PA
This week, we are focusing on understanding the meaning of ADVENT, as we prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus. We should always be prepared to welcome Jesus into our hearts - as He will come again someday! Advent comes from the Latin word meaning "coming." Jesus is coming, and Advent is intended to be a season of preparation for His arrival. While we typically regard Advent as a joyous season, it is also intended to be a period of preparation, much like Lent. Prayer, penance and fasting are appropriate during this season.
Advent is not as strict as Lent, and there are no rules for fasting, but it is meant to be a period of self-preparation. The purple color associated with Advent is also the color of penance.
The color of the Third Sunday of Advent is rose. This color symbolizes joy and represents the happiness we will experience when Jesus comes again. The Third Sunday is a day of anticipatory celebration. It is formerly called "Gaudete" Sunday; gaudete means "rejoice" in Latin. This is the day the priest wears that pink vestment!
Finally, Sundays during Advent, just as during Lent, should not be given to fasting, but instead to celebration because we celebrate the resurrection of Our Lord every Sunday. It is important to remember, however, there are no particular rules for how the laity should observe Advent.
As a family, brainstorm how YOU will prepare for Christmas throughout Advent. Can you family pray the Rosary together on Sundays? How about going as a family to confession before Christmas comes? As you prepare for confirmation, you should be devoting yourself more wholeheartedly to prayer and the sacraments!
Review this week's readings from Mass, particularly the second reading...
Spend time in prayer with this Scripture and ask yourself: How does this apply to me?
As a reminder, this Scripture is 1 THES 5:16-24. Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing.
In all circumstances give thanks,
for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.
Do not quench the Spirit.
Do not despise prophetic utterances.
Test everything; retain what is good.
Refrain from every kind of evil.
May the God of peace make you perfectly holy
and may you entirely, spirit, soul, and body,
be preserved blameless for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The one who calls you is faithful,
and he will also accomplish it.
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About Miss Katlyn
This is Miss Katlyn's 2nd year teaching CCD. She has a Bachelor and Master's degree from Shippensburg University and currently works as a therapist. She loves Disney, Harry Potter, Halloween, snuggling with her cat, and of course...being Catholic! Her confirmation saint is The Blessed Mother, but her favorite saint is St. Therese of Lisieux.