Advent!

 Advent-and-Christmas-Journey20131122

Advent begins on December 1st.  Our Catholic Christian tradition calls us to renewal during this liturgical season.

Members of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops pray before the second day of proceedings at the bishops' annual fall meeting Nov. 12 in Baltimore. (CNS photo/Nancy Phelan Wiechec)

 

Advent-and-Christmas-Journey20131122Advent begins on December 1st.  Our Catholic Christian tradition calls us to renewal during this liturgical season. While the “world” tells us to hurry and get ready for the Christmas celebration, Advent calls us instead to slow down, to pause, and to reflect on our Lord’s coming and what that means in our lives. The theologian, Father Michael Himes suggests that Catholic Christians are always in Advent, as we wait and hope for God.  To help us joyfully prepare and prayerfully reflect this Advent season, we turn to Fr. Himes and his five-part series “An Advent and Christmas Journey”. In this series, Fr. Himes delves into the spirituality and theology of the Advent and Christmas. Sessions include Hope in the Darkness; The Second Coming is NOW; Threatened by Grace; Prophets: John, Mary, Joseph; and Christmas: The Eternal Giving of God.  Fr. Himes explores the contours of our “confident expectation” as we await the Incarnation. Recommended for small faith-sharing groups of adults, these DVDs include a Leader’s Guide with Opening Prayers and Discussion Questions for each 25 minute segment.  Order the featured DVD at https://www.orlandodiocese.org/mc-media-center-home. Please call Diane Gallagher @ 407-246-4895 for assistance in using audiovisual media in faith formation for all age groups.  For a brief video reminder of what Advent is all about, click here to view Busted Halo’s production of “Advent in Two Minutes”.