Nov. 30 – First Week – Sunday

 

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Bishop Kettler

Did you take out your Advent wreath today?

Advent wreaths come in many varieties but all consist of a circle with four candles representing the four weeks of Advent. Most often, three candles are purple and one is pink. The purple candles symbolize the preparation during Advent. These activities include prayer, reconciliation, and service to others. The pink candle, lit on the third Sunday (Gaudete Sunday) is the Sunday of rejoicing, because Christmas is near. The lighting of the candles each week symbolizes the expectation and hope surrounding our Lord’s first coming into the world and the anticipation of his second coming to judge the living and the dead.

Take some time today to bless your Advent wreath. Here is an Advent Wreath Blessing from Catholic Household Blessings and Prayers.

Quote for the Day:
“It is the beautiful task of Advent to awaken in all of us memories of goodness and thus to open doors of hope.” ~ Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, Seek That Which is Above, 1986

Gospel for the Day:  Mark 13:33-37