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In keeping with current [1907] usage, Advent is a duration beginning with the Sunday closest to the feast of St. Andrew the Apostle (30 November) and embracing 4 Sundays. The very first Sunday may be as early as 27 November, and then Advent has twenty-eight days, or as late as 3 December, providing the period just twenty-one days.

With Advent the ecclesiastical year starts in the Western churches. During this time the faithful are admonished to prepare themselves worthily to celebrate the anniversary of the Lord’s coming into the world as the incarnate God of love, therefore to make their souls fitting homes for the Redeemer being available in Holy Communion and through grace, and consequently to make themselves ready for His final coming as judge, at death and at the end of the world.

The post here are therefore meant to help the reader encounter Christ in this very important season.

What Does Mary Teach Us About Advent And Christmas?

Mary Our Mother And Model

Mary And Advent As we journey through Advent towards Christmas, many of us are caught up in the hustle and bustle of a secular type of Christmas. Many would become so overwhelmed and distracted that they will completely miss the ...

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Advent – The Season Of Hope

Amidst a time of great turmoil in our world’s history, the Catholic Church presents the world with Advent and the message of great hope. This weekend the Holy Roman Catholic Church and many other Christian churches, begin the holy season ...

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Advent Teaches Us To Hope In A World Filled With Despair

Advent Hope

We are already at the end of the third week of Advent.  All through the Advent readings, there is a theme of encouragement and of hope.  The faithful are encouraged to be people of great hope – not so much ...

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The Greatest Advent Lesson Of All Time – Love

Advent and Love

Time is going by rather fast isn’t it?  We are already into December, and come December 31, we all will be getting ready to say goodbye to the old year – 2016 – and ring on the new.  So for ...

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Advent And Christmas – The True Meaning

The season of Advent is here once more. Contrary to what many think, the season of Christmas does not start until the season of Advent is over.  Unfortunately, we live in a time when the world dictates important religious seasons ...

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Catholic And Anglican Communities Unite

The Anglican and Catholic communities come together on a Lenten mission entitled “His mercy endures forever”. The brain child of Rev. Fr. Ronald Branche, the idea was for the coming together of Christian communities in Belmont to pray and to ...

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God Speaks In The Wilderness Of Our Lives

Prepare a way

(By Fr. Dexter Brereton) “Wilderness” is an apt word to describe much of the chaos and disorder that one finds in Trinidadian life today. In varying degrees it also describes the turbulent times in which the world finds itself as ...

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First Sunday In Advent – Stay Awake!

His Love Has No End

(By Fr. Dexter Brereton) “Stay awake, praying at all times for the strength to survive all that is going to happen and to stand with confidence before the Son of Man.” With this Sunday’s liturgy we begin the season of ...

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Advent And Family Life

Palm Sunday and Passover meal

Advent provides a blueprint for family life If I were to ask the question, ‘who makes the decision in your family‘, what would your response be? Some may say it is the man of the house, the father who makes ...

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Advent And the Magnificence Of God

Catechism Of The Catholic Church - The Creeds

The magnificence of God beckons us into a deeper relationship with Him this advent. Have you ever on a beautiful starry night gazed out into the stars? Have you ever gazed out into the moon and the stars at night ...

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