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Advent

Waiting in Joyful HopeAdvent Wreath

At Mass, after praying the Lord’s Prayer, we hear “. . . as we await the blessed hope and the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ.” This prayer reminds us that during Advent, we wait in joy, in hope, and in anticipation for the wonderful event we are about to experience—the feast of Christmas, the coming of Christ into our lives in new ways, the return of Christ in glory at the end of time. As the Church, we wait during Advent and look forward to celebrating the fact that God loves us so much that he sent his Son into the world to save us. This waiting is far from empty; rather, it is full of the hope that God promises us as we prepare for Christ in the feast of Christmas.

Prayer for Our Advent Journey

Dear Jesus,

We prepare for our own journey to the stable by listening more carefully for your presence around us.

This Advent, may we weave our prayer and our service into a suitable cloth to swaddle you.

May the fabric of our lives comfort and hold the sacred gift.

May we serve you faithfully and joyfully all the days of our lives.

We pray in Your name,

Amen.

Advent Calendar

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