The First Week of Advent

The First Week of Advent

Come, let us adore the King our Lord, who is to come. from the Prophet Isaias

Wash yourselves, be clean, take away the evil of your devices from my eyes: cease to do perversely, learn to do well: seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge for the fatherless, defend the widow. And then come, and accuse me, saith the Lord. If your sins be as scarlet, they shall be made as white as snow; and if they be red as crimson, they shall be white as wool.

The Savior, who is so soon to be with us and to save us, warns us not only to prepare ourselves to appear before him, but also to purify our souls. “It is most just,” says Saint Bernard, “that the soul, which was the first to fall, should be the first to rise. Let us therefore defer caring for the body, until the day when Jesus Christ will come and reform it by the Resurrection; for, in the first Coming, the Precursor says to us: Behold the Lamb of God, who taketh away the sins of the world. Observe, he says not the maladies of the body, nor the miseries of the flesh; he says sins, which are the malady of the soul and the corruption of the spirit. Take heed then, thou my Body, and wait for thy turn and time. Thou canst hinder the salvation of the soul, and thine own safety is not within thy reach. Let the soul labor for herself, and strive thou too to help her, for if thou sharest in her sufferings, thou wilt share in her glory. Retard her perfection, and thou retardest thine own. Thou wilt not be regenerated until God sees his own Image restored in the soul.” Let us, then, purify our souls. Let us do the works of the spirit, not the deeds of the flesh. Our Saviour’s promise is most clear; he will turn the deep dye of our iniquities into the purest whiteness. He asks but one thing of us: that we sin no more. He says to us: Cease to do perversely, and then come and accuse me, come and complain against me if I do not cleanse you. O Jesus! we will not defer a single day of this holy season, we accept, from this moment, the conditions thou offerest us. We sincerely desire to make our peace with thee; to bring the flesh into subjection to our spirit, to make good all the injustice we have committed against our neighbor, and to hush, by the sighs of our heart-felt compunction, that voice of our sins which has so long cried to thee for vengeance.

Emmanuel, our King and Lawgiver

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“O Emmanuel, our King and Lawgiver, the expectation of the nations and their Saviour, come to save us, O Lord our God!”

Emmanuel, God with us, is a name that in every way belongs to Christ our Lord. He is with His people in all their needs, ever ready to help and console them. He is with us on every altar, waiting for us to come and pour out before Him our sorrow and our needs. He is with us, above all, in Holy Communion, when He comes to dwell in our heart, and to bring with Him every grace that we need. He is with us in the hour of death, and He will be with us for ever in Heaven.

He who thus comes to dwell with us in familiar friendship is our King; He who thus condescends to be our companion is the God who has an absolute right to our obedience. He is our Lawgiver, and the statutes that He enacts for us have but one end and aim and object, to lead His subjects into the ways of happiness and the paths of peace.

Come then, O God, our Lord and our Saviour. “Come and save us” from all the perils of the evil one, and from our own weakness and frailty. Come and save us in the hour of temptation, for You alone are our King, and none save You shall rule over us. Come and bring us safe through this valley of tears to Your Eternal Kingdom, where we shall dwell for ever, O sweet Jesus, in the everlasting delights of Your blissful company. Continue reading

Advent Preparation 2015

Advent Preparation 2015

ProLifeCorner-   Today begins the second week of Advent. Many of us have seen the wreath with four candles that appear in many churches and homes across our country.

250x wk 2 Many Christians look forward to the Advent season although some have no knowledge at all of what Advent is all about. We present this article in the hope that it will give us a better understanding of this beautiful practice leading us to the celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Advent is the preparatory season   leading   up   to Christmas.  Themes  of readiness, watchfulness and anticipation mark these  days  of penitential and austere preparation before   Christmas. The purpose of Advent is to prepare us for a deep, personal, life-changing, world-shaking encounter with Christ this Christmas. Continue reading

John Prepares the Way of the Lord

Pro Life Corner – The power of God is discovered in the humility of Jesus becoming Man.  Jesus come to us as an infant, thus showing us an example of true humility.  When our Blessed Mother gazed upon her Son, she did not look up to heaven, but looked down because heaven was in her arms. Continue reading

The third Sunday of Advent, Rejoice Sunday

ProLifeCorner.com-  Today is Rejoice Sunday; rejoice in the mercy and compassion of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Let us also remember it is the third Sunday of Advent.  A time of preparation and repentance in preparation for the coming of our Lord and Savior into our lives, our homes, our hearts and our minds. Continue reading

The relationship between Advent and Christmas

From Christian Action News (CAN)- Advent is the preparatory season leading up to Christmas.  Themes of readiness, watchfulness  and anticipation mark these days of penitential and austere preparation before Christmas. The purpose of Advent is to prepare us for a deep, personal, life-changing, world-shaking encounter with Christ this Christmas. Continue reading

Jesus is the Reason for the Season

ProLifeCorner.com- Today is the first week of Advent and Christians of all denominations are preparing for the coming of our Lord and Savior.  Every year at this time, we at the ProLifeCorner like to remind ourselves and others to keep Christ in Christmas and especially keep Him in our heart.  It is so easy to get caught up in the commercialism of the so-called holiday season.  This is why we are so happy that most Christian denominations celebrate Advent. Many Christians use the advent wreath to help us visualize the light of the world, Jesus, coming closer and closer until His birth is celebrated on Christmas Day. It is a simple practice: four candles are placed around the wreath and each week of Advent another candle is lit.  The first week one candle is lit, the second week two, etc.  So each week getting closer to Christmas, more candles will be lit signifying that the light of the world, Jesus Christ is coming into our lives. Continue reading

Advent Pro-Life Prayer Vigil In Rockford

Rockford Il.-  ProLifeCorner.com- By James-   On Sunday Dec. 1st, from 2-3pm, Christians will gather in public at the corner of State and Alpine to pray and hold pro-life signs to mark the beginning of Advent and to thank God for the two years the Rockford abortion mill has been closed. Continue reading

Advent Is To Prepare Us To Meet Christ

ProLifeCorner.com-  Advent is the preparatory season leading up to Christmas. Themes of readiness, watchfulness and anticipation mark these days of penitential and austere preparation before Christmas. The purpose of Advent is to prepare us for a deep, personal, life-changing, world-shaking encounter with Christ this Christmas. Continue reading

3rd Sunday of Advent

ProLifeCorner.com- Advent Season- Preparing The Way- Advent is the preparatory season before Christmas. Such themes as readiness, watchfulness & anticipation mark these days. While this season is penitential, it is not as austere as the Lenten season. The accent on the Advent hope is on the coming of the King, rather than on the coming kingdom. The purpose of Advent is to prepare us for a deep, personal, life-changing, world-shaking encounter with Christ this Christmas season. For thousands of years, people have been preparing for Christ’s coming & for almost seventeen hundred years have been celebrating Advent. Continue reading