Sunday, November 29, 2009

First Sunday of Advent '09

Catholic Culture:

Today the Church celebrates the First Sunday of Advent. This is the beginning of a new liturgical year. The Advent liturgy opens with that great yearning cry of the prophets of Israel to the Messiah and Redeemer whose advent they awaited. "Come!" God is not deaf to His people's cry. Fulfilling the promise of salvation made to our first parents at their fall He sent His Son into the world.

And the application to all generations of mankind of the redemption that the Son of God made Man obtained for us by His passion continues until the end of time: it will conclude with the end of the world when the Messiah comes to complete His work and lead us into His kingdom. The history of the Church occupies the period between these two great events.

In the Mass of this Sunday the whole work of redemption is set before us, from its preparation in Israel's expectancy and its effect on our present lives down to its final fulfillment. The Church, in preparing us to celebrate at Christmas the birth of Him who came to snatch our souls from sin and transform them into the likeness of His own, invokes upon us and on all men the complete accomplishment of the mission of salvation that He came to perform upon this earth.

On the first Sunday of Advent, the traditional opening prayer (or Collect) prayed: "Stir up Thy might, we beg Thee, and come." With this request to God to "stir up" His might, this day was traditionally called Stir-Up Sunday. Many families create a traditional plum pudding or fruit cake or some other recipe that all the family and guests can "stir-up."

This activity of stirring-up the ingredients symbolizes our hearts that must be stirred in preparation for Christ's birth.

Jesse Tree ~ Creation
Seasonal reflection and recommended reading can be found here.

Advent workshop can be found here.

4 comments:

christian soldier said...

Advent - one of the most 'heart searching' times of the Christian year...
C-CS

Carlos Echevarria said...

Yes, indeed...my favorite and, personally, sadest time of the year.

Do you like Canadian Football?

christian soldier said...

Hockey is my favorite sport -besides the disciplines involving horses like - jumpers-dressage-cross - country--and even horse racing ...
Do you have a Canadian football team that you follow?--
I'll check it out...

Carlos Echevarria said...

Montreal Alouettes, they won the Grey Cup yesterday, I had to watch via the net, because Direct TV in my area was not covering it, not even as a pay per view...

What is your fav hockey team?

The owner of the Yankees raise and game horses in all the big meets...