Advent Calendar: Day 2 - First Sunday of Advent

by Jane Carver

Advent Calendar: Day 2 - First Sunday of Advent

"Brethren, knowing that it is now the hour for us to rise from sleep. For now our salvation is nearer than when we believed." - (Rom. 13:11-14)

A Joyful anticipation...

It's the first Sunday of Advent. The Church once again alternates her joys and her sorrows. For the first time since the Ember days in September, we see violet vestments as the priest celebrates Holy Mass and we are reminded of this season's penitential spirit.

In November, we have been thinking about death, praying for the faithful departed and perhaps visiting the graves of our loved ones. Now, as we enter into December and the beginning of Advent, we still want to maintain a Catholic spirit of penance and prayer, yet we are awaiting a great joy and our hearts are invariably turned toward the coming of the Savior! 

We wait - we refrain from celebrating Christmas as if it has already come; we increase our prayers and sacrifices - so the greater joy will be ours when we welcome Christ into our hearts at Christmas.

 - by Jane Carver





Jane Carver
Jane Carver

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Jane Carver is an associate editor and translator for Angelus Press. She has a B.S. in Biology with a minor in chemistry and physics from Washburn University. Previously, Jane worked in clinical research before spending four years in Europe where she learned German and French. Jane is honored to work for this organization in its apostolate of promoting traditional Catholic literature.


2 Responses

Robert Trudeau
Robert Trudeau

December 06, 2018

Thank you for these beautiful reflections on the liturgical year. Looking forward to more!

William Rudolph
William Rudolph

December 03, 2018

I greatly benefit from reading Jane Carver’s notes and a Church calendar days and seasons. Thank you very much for these.

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