Happy New Year and Merry Christmas! New Year in the Catholic liturgical calendar begins each year with the season of Advent.
Today is the first Sunday of Advent. We went to mass early and it was cold outside. There was this early morning breeze while we walked the distance from our house to the subdivision gate and from the tricycle terminal to the church. Advent season which begins today and ends on December 24 lets us prepare ourselves to receive God’s gift of Jesus. It is a time of “getting ready” for the celebration of Christmas.
The four candles represent the four Sundays in preparation for Christmas. The purple color has traditionally been the color symbolizing repentance and fasting.The first purple candle is the Candle of Hope, the second one is the Candle of Preparation while the fourth purple candle is the Candle of Love. The third candle which is lighted on Gaudete Sunday is called the Candle of Joy. Pink is a joyful color.
November is coming to a close, gently folding its leaves to welcome the cold December days. Ah, the joys of waiting for Christmas! The joys of waiting for the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.