Advent

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              The Virgin will come  
              walking down the road. 
              pregnant with the Holy and say, 
              “I need shelter for the night
              Please take me inside your heart, 
              my time is so close.” 

  

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Today the first Sunday of Advent begins the Church new liturgical year.  Together with the Church we take up again the new journey to our heavenly home. 

Advent is the liturgical season that marks the time of spiritual preparation for the Lord's birth.  This period of intense prayer and vigilant waiting for the coming of the Lord, invites us to reflect more deeply on the mystery of Christ, a mystery that is always new.  It trains and directs our gaze decisively toward Him who already came and who will come again. 
The Catechism stresses the two-fold meaning of this “coming”:

  “When the Church celebrates the liturgy of Advent each year, she makes present this ancient expectancy of the Messiah, for by sharing in the long preparation for the Savior’s first coming, the faithful renew their ardent desire for His second  coming” (No. 524).

Dear Friends, the season of Advent, during which we await the coming of the Prince of Peace, bears the sign of great hope and firm expectation.  In response to the urgent need of peace for humanity and reconciliation among nations in the world, we invite you to join us to lift our eyes up to heaven, fix our gaze of hope on the Lord whom we wait for and pray:

               When winter comes and worries soar, Jesus, be our peace!
               When darkness falls and tempest roar, Jesus, be our peace! 
               When conflict reigns in home and heart, Jesus, be our peace
               When states begin to fall apart, Jesus, be our peace!
               When cares alight and wont depart, Jesus be our peace!

May Our Lady of Advent, Mother of hope guide and help us keep vigil for the coming of Jesus that His Kingdom of Love, Justice and Peace will reign in our heart and among all nations. 

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