Advent Week 3: JOY and the O Antiphons
ADVENT WEEK 3
On Sunday we light the rose candle of JOY in our Advent Wreaths. This week we focus on joy because our time of actively waiting to celebrate the birth of Jesus is almost over! Perhaps for the next few days, we can spend some time thinking about the people who, and situations which, bring us that deep down feeling of joy. Give thanks, say a prayer, make a phone call, send a card, make a special delivery, share the joy!!!
Maybe you can share joy by practicing this month's Corporal Work of Mercy
SHELTER THE HOMELESS.
Here are two more ways to practice:
The Open Door
: "Midland’s Open Door desires to see the homeless, hungry and hurting experience the life-transforming power of the gospel of Christ, becoming godly disciples and faithful stewards of all God has given them. "
a. There are a multitude of ways to volunteer your time.
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b. Maybe you are a little short on time, but you have a few extra funds. Consider making a one time or recurring donation. Right now for $2.05 you can purchase a Christmas dinner for one of our brothers and sisters in need.
: There are all kinds of reasons that people are homeless. One reason is having to leave home because of domestic violence. Click on the button to learn about the amazing work of Shelterhouse and how you can help:
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The O Antiphons
During this third week of Advent, on December 17, the octave of Christmas begins. For the seven days leading up to Christmas, Evening Prayer contains a series of antiphons spoken before the Magnificat is sung. At Blessed Sacrament, we used to hang beautiful quilted banners around the church during Advent that displayed images of the O Antiphons. Watch the following 3 minute video to learn more about these titles of Jesus and where they come from:
And here is a familiar Advent song by Dan Schutte based on the O Antiphons:
"At this Christmas when Christ comes, will He find a warm heart? Mark the season of Advent by loving and serving others with God's own love and concern."
Saint Mother Teresa
With Advent Hope, Peace, and Joy,
on Friday, December 11, 2020 at 9:20AM