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Today is the first Sunday of Advent. Have to hear mass early, the church is about a ten-minute walk from the house. I love the rituals and prayers while they were lighting the Advent Wreath Candle. It was just so solemn and beautiful.

Happy Sunday friends. Wish you well.

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Today is the Feast of Christ the King, conclusion of the liturgical year in the Catholic calendar.

“Feast of Christ the King, also called Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus ChristKing of the Universe, is a  festival celebrated in the Roman Catholic Church in honour of Jesus Christ as lord over all creation. Essentially a magnification of the Feast of the Ascension, it was established by Pope Pius XI in 1925″.

Next Sunday is the beginning of another liturgical year in which we start with the season of Advent.  It is a time we look forward to as preparation of Christmas, four weeks of Advent Sundays before Christmas.  The word Advent comes from the Latin adventus, meaning “arrival” or “coming” from the word advenire (ad- “to” venire “come”).

Advent 2019 begins on December 1 and ends on December 24. The themes that correspond to each week are the following:

Week 1: Hope (or promise)
Week 2: Preparation (or waiting or prophecy)
Week 3: Joy (or peace)
Week 4: Love (or adoration)

It was so nice to meet our good friend Fr. Aly again who is now the Parish Priest and Rector of the the Shrine of Our Lady of Light here in our town. For eight years, I’ve missed listening to his lovely and meaningful homilies. He was the one who officiated on Nissa’s wedding eight years ago. Meeting old friends, what a wonderful treasure.

By the way, Cristo Rey are Spanish words for Christ the King. Have a blessed  Sunday everyone.

 

 

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Yes, it’s their 8th wedding anniversary today. Eight years ago I was an anxious and a nervous mom but I was happy for them.  It seems like it was only yesterday and now we have our precious Nate who always makes  us happy and joyful. He is turning seven two weeks from now. I remember this day as if it only happened a few days ago.

Their formal wedding photo taken in front of Ibarra’s Garden where the reception took place.

 

In front of Paco Park church after the wedding.

Counting the years of togetherness, the happy memories, the lovely moments with Nate. Love and much happiness, warmest wishes to both of you Obet and Nissa.

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So I am finally counting, it’s forty three days to go before the big day.

Do you know the meaning  and the symbolism behind the song Twelve Days of Christmas? 

Some of us are not probably aware of it. It is another one of those lovely melodies we play during the Christmas season, right? The 12 days of Christmas is the period that in Christian theology marks the span between the birth of Christ and the coming of the Magi, the three wise men. It begins on December 25 (Christmas) and runs through January 6 (the Epiphany, sometimes also called Three Kings’ Day). 

In our Catholic calendar, the Feast of the Three Kings was moved every first Sunday of the year, not usually January 6 as we previously knew.  So it ends on Sunday, January 5, 2020. Here is the true meaning of the twelve days of Christmas. CHRISTmas with Christ in it.

(Got  this from a post of a friend on FB). I posted something similar two years ago. Just a gentle reminder why we are celebrating Christmas. 

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My brother who is based in Tulsa, Oklahoma sent this to my daughter as a birthday gift  – a lovely  cancer survivor bracelet.

Nissa said: “This is a beautiful reminder that my faith is bigger than my worries and my will is stronger than my fears”.

Learning from experience, learning how to cope amidst trials and tribulations.

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Dear LORD,

I trust and believe You will see me through the many decisions and problems I will encounter.

Amen.

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