Advent 2009

posted by Mike on November 29th, 2009

Today is the first Sunday of Advent, the four-week period of preparation for Christmas.

Advent isn’t as project-oriented as Lent, but there are many more popular rituals to mark this season. Notably, each Sunday you light candles around a wreath while praying. Today we light a purple candle, next week two, the next week we add a pink candle, then another purple, finally lighting all four plus a white candle for Christmas.

If there are children in the house, you probably have an Advent calendar with little pieces of candy attached to each day, a clever incentive for the children to remind you of the daily Advent prayer. The U.S. Bishops’ Advent website contains a simulated calendar with prayers instead of snacks.

Every year I also like caroling with friends and watching It’s a Wonderful Life with Bruce; one of my goals this Advent is to integrate them into these daily and weekly practices.

Most of all, this year I’m looking forward to sharing these traditions with a non-Catholic Christian friend who knows very little about this stuff, and hoping to gain a deeper appreciation of Advent in so sharing.

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  1. On November 30, 2009 at 14:37 Mike said:

    My Advent meditation cup runneth over.

    Sunday, my partner-in-Advent-crime went to a Congregationalist church where they handed out a collection of daily meditations from the Catholic priest Henri Nouwen! Then today my friend Lydia W-K e-mailed a PDF booklet of meditations she made. The options multiply…

  2. On November 30, 2009 at 20:05 Tracy said:

    We never have the snack kind of Advent calendar. We either have the picture kind or the Bible verse kind.
    Where are you caroling?

  3. On December 1, 2009 at 09:24 Mike said:

    “December 20–Catholic Worker Christmas Caroling and Party: Please join our annual trip to a nursing home and our neighbors with songs of Christmas cheer. Gather at 5:30pm, 52 Mason St.” Always a great time.

    Last night we turned some dollar store candles + crayons into candles for the wreath. Exclusive pix to come.

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