Author: Kathy Horan
In the Christian tradition, the season of Advent ushers in a time of anticipation, excitement and hope as we look forward to celebrating the birth of Christ at Christmas.
It is a time for renewing our faith in a God who wishes to come close to us and to pitch a tent of dwelling in our midst.
During this liturgical season our Church offers us beautiful and timely reminders of this God who comes close and who desires to dwell among us as family.
The prophets proclaim messages of promise, of peace and justice, of longing and seeking for the God of life to reassure us and to remain with us all the days of our lives.
Author: Jenny O'Brien
In 4th century Rome, the Church year began on Christmas day, the day of Christ’s birth. By the 7th century, however, the Church year began with the First Sunday of Advent, four weeks prior to Christmas.
What is ‘Advent’ all about? Despite popular opinion, it is much more than getting ready to commemorate Christ’s birth and being busy with preparations for present-giving and Christmas dinner!