Rev. Matthew Chojna (“Hoy-na”)
Box 7 139 Renfrew St.
Pakenham, ON K0A 2X0
Office: (613) 256-3441
Advent. For many people, the word just means "shopping; traffic; a lot of work." But that's not the real Advent, the Advent given to us by the Church.
Advent is the liturgical season that prepares us for both the celebration of the Incarnation at Christmas and for Christ's Second Coming. As the New Catholic Encyclopedia explains, during Advent, the faithful are asked "to prepare themselves worthily to celebrate the anniversary of the Lord s coming into the world as the incarnate God of love; thus to make their souls fitting abodes for the Redeemer coming in Holy Communion and through grace; and thereby to make themselves ready for His final coming as judge, at death and at the end of the world."
Advent, then, is the time for us to reflect on the mysteries we will joyfully celebrate at Christmas: the Savior's humble birth, His glorious return, and his continual presence among us through the Church and the Sacraments, especially the Holy Eucharist.
This Advent, cut back on some of the shopping and secular whirlwind. Ask yourself, "How can we best prepare for Jesus' coming? What are some customs and practices that can help us live the spirit of Advent and prepare our souls so our celebration of Christmas is truly joyful and Christ-centered?"
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