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The Advent Wreath
The Advent Wreath, a venerable European tradition, can be a way to involve even very little children in learning about Christian preparation - not only for celebrating Our Lord's birth, but to make our hearts truly ready to receive Him.
The wreath's symbolism of the advent (coming) of Light into the world is clear. The gradual lighting of the four candles, one on each Sunday of the Advent season, combined with the liturgical colors of the candles (purple is the penitential color used during Advent and Lent; rose is a liturgical color used only on Gaudete Sunday in Advent and Laetare Sunday in Lent) help to symbolize not only our expectation and hope in Our Savior's first coming into the world, but also in his Second Coming as Judge at the end of the world.
The wreath itself is also symbolic. The circle of evergreen in which the candles are placed represents everlasting life. The seedpods, nuts and cones used to decorate the wreath are symbolic of resurrection, and fruits represent the nourishing fruitfulness of the Christian life.
Gathering materials for the wreath-perhaps on an outing in the park or woods, or even in the backyard- and assembling it at home is an interesting family project in which even the youngest children can participate.
Join us for the Advent masses each Wednesday 12/6/17- 12/20/17 at 7:30 pm
The Most Reverend Layne Jackson, D.D. Celebrant
The Feast of The Immaculate Conception
POPE PIUS IX PROCLAIMS THE DOGMA OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION
"We declare, pronounce and define that the doctrine which holds that the Blessed Virgin Mary, at the first instant of her conception, by a singular privilege and grace of the Omnipotent God, in virtue of the merits of Jesus Christ, the Savior of mankind, was preserved immaculate from all stain of original sin, has been revealed by God, and therefore should firmly and constantly be believed by all the faithful"
Join us for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception
Friday December 8th, 2017 (Holy Day of Obligation)
at 7:30 pm
Mass Celebrant: His Excellency The Most Reverend Layne Jackson, D.D.
And the Nine-Day Novena to Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception:
Beginning, Thursday November 30th, to Friday December 8th, 2017
During the Office of Sext at 12:00 Noon. And the Advent Rosary: Everyday during advent at 5:00 pm
The History of the Immaculate Conception In The Philippians
Among the titles under which Mary is venerated in the Philippines, two are particularly prominent: the Immaculate Conception and Our Lady of the Rosary. The invocation of the Immaculate Conception goes back to the year 1578 when Pope Gregory XIII in a Bull issued on February 6 decreed that the Manila Cathedral should be erected under the invocation of the Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Clement VIII decreed on 13 August 1595 that the Cathedrals of Nueva Segovia and Caceres also be erected under the same title of the Immaculate Conception. Moreover, one of the three ships that reached the Philippines in the first voyage of Magellan in 1521 was the "Concepcion," named after the Immaculate Conception, together with the ships "Trinidad" and "Victoria." Hence the Islands before being named Filipinas, and even before the name of Christ had begun to be preached, saw on these shores the name of Mary under her title of the Immaculate Conception. The Immaculate Conception , whose feast falls on December 8, remains the principal Patroness of the Philippine Islands. After the suppression of several Church holidays in the Catholic Calendar of the Philippines, still her feast stays as one of the three holidays of obligation during the year, the other two being Christmas and January 1, when the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, is celebrated.
The Stainless Mirror
A spheric mirror stands on a hovering cloud. The mirror is an old and well known Marian symbol. Here it signifies Mary's sinlessness. This motif has its origin in the Book of Wisdom (7:26): "She is (wisdom) a reflection of the eternal light, and a stainless mirror of God's majesty." (speculum sine macula) The cloud points to Mary's exalted station, and the two decorative trees flanking the mirror are expressions of youth and purity, reaching beyond this life into eternity. This symbol of the Immaculate can be found in Raphael Sadeler's engravings of the Litanies of Loreto (1601/04) and Picinelli's Mondo simbolico. The latter refers to the Song of Songs: "Pulchra es ... macula non est in te." [You are beautiful and there is no stain in you." (4:7)]