Today is the first Sunday of Advent. It is the shortest of all of the liturgical seasons, only 4 weeks. These next four weeks are meant to be a time of spiritual preparation for the birth of Jesus, our Savior. Because of the brevity of this beautiful liturgical season, it is easy to skip pass Advent and go straight into Christmas. Let us not fall into that trap, (I speak to myself about this too!).These days of Advent are filled with images of joyful anticipation, as we await the birth of the Savior. We hear in today’s gospel of the coming of the Son of Man in the clouds, with great glory. We know neither the day nor the hour, but we prepare with joy and hope for the Lord’s coming. One of my favorite Advent hymns is Come Divine Messiah. The words to this hymn beautifully depict this season:
O come divine Messiah, the world in silence waits the day when hope shall sing its triumph and sadness flee away. Dear Savior haste, come, come to earth. Dispel the night and show your face, and bid us hail the dawn of grace. O come divine Messiah, the world in silence waits the day, when hope shall sing it triumph and sadness flee away.
Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception
This Saturday, December 8 is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is a Holy Day of Obligation. There will be a Vigil Mass celebrated on Friday, December 7 at Holy Rosary Church at 7:00PM. There will be one Mass celebrated on Saturday December 8 at Our Lady of Victory Church at 8:00AM. Please note the Mass schedule changes for the day.
Parish Christmas Party
Our annual parish Christmas party will take place next Sunday, December 9 at Our Lady of Victory McGuinness Hall. This is a beautiful way to prepare our hearts for the birth of the Lord, by coming together as a parish community. Each year parishioners have expressed how grateful they are for this Christmas party. Tickets are only $20 per person and can be purchased after all of the Sunday Masses and at the parish office. Tickets can also be purchased at the door on the day of the party.
Advent Lessons and Carols
We will have Advent Lessons and Carols on Tuesday December 18 at Holy Rosary Church beginning at 7:30PM. Lessons and Carols during the season of Advent is a traditional ceremony with readings from sacred scripture and Advent carols, preparing ourselves for the birth of the Savior. This year we will welcome His Excellency, Most Reverend James Massa, Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Brooklyn as the presider. Please be sure to join us.
Have a great week and a Blessed Advent,
Father Alonzo Q. Cox