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This Week at Home (Haga clic para esta semana en casa )

Beginning the Church’s liturgical year, Advent (from, “ad-venire” in Latin or “to come to”) is the season encompassing the four Sundays (and weekdays) leading up to the celebration of Christmas. The Advent season is a time of preparation that directs our hearts and minds to Christ’s second coming at the end of time and to the anniversary of Our Lord’s birth on Christmas. With songs, wreaths, and the word of God, let us join together in our homes to prepare for the birth of our savior, Jesus Christ! (Click here for a printable PDF)

Monday, November 29
The Advent Wreath

Set up an Advent wreath if you have not already. You will need four candles, three violet and one rose, and a base to hold them. Advent wreaths often incorporate evergreens. Decide when you will light the candles each day.

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SING AN ADVENT SONG TOGETHER

“Soon and Very Soon” is a song you might hear in church during the Advent season. Singing even the same simple song every day can create a lovely rhythm for the season.

Soon and very soon,
We are going to see the King,
Soon and very soon,
We are going to see the King.
Soon and very soon,
We are going to see the King,
Hallelujah, hallelujah,
We are going to see the King.

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SHARE THE GOOD NEWS
 
At this time, the family might read the day’s Gospel for Monday, November 29th. Many resources with daily Advent prayers for adults and children are available in print and online. A piece of purple fabric to place the wreath on will add to the environment. Nearby, consider placing a small statue or picture of Mary, on whom we meditate frequently during the season of Advent.

Tuesday, November 30 St. Andrew

St. Andrew, one of Jesus’ first disciples, was called while fishing in the Sea of Galilee. In today’s Gospel, we hear that he and his brother, St. Peter, “immediately” left their old lives behind to follow Jesus, who called them to be “fishers of men.” The Feast of St. Andrew is traditionally the first day of a beautiful devotion, the Christmas novena, a short prayer that is said fifteen times each day from this day until Christmas.

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Wednesday, December 1 Miracles


Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee when he went up on the mountain and healed many, many people from the crowds who came to him. There, he also feeds thousands of people, multiplying the loaves and the fish. Isaiah foretold that the Lord “will wipe away the tears from all faces” on the mountain, a vision of the messianic kingdom. Jesus reveals that vision when he heals bodies and then offers a feast, an abundant celebration made from humble things. When might we experience that kind of healing and celebration?

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Thursday, December 2 A Solid Foundation

What does it mean to have a solid foundation? Imagine a beautiful sandcastle on the beach, and next to it a humble stack of rocks with a wide base. If a large wave comes unexpectedly, the sandcastle is gone. A few of the rocks might be washed into the water, but much of that structure will still stand. In our lives, the waves will come. Each one of us will face difficulties, big and small. But the more we center our lives on the love of God and neighbor, the better we will withstand the currents.

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Friday, December 3 St. Francis Xavier

St. Francis Xavier, the first Jesuit missionary, traveled extensively in Asia, devoting most of his life and mission to spreading the Gospel. His practice of engaging with the culture and language of the people whom he served was later developed into what we call inculturation of the faith. Honor St. Francis Xavier today by supporting the Church’s mission work around the world.

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Saturday, December 4 Advent Music

Here is a playlist of music that is focused on preparation with Advent songs found online. Consider more meditative instrumental music for the playlist as well. Listening to this music in the car or while making dinner can balance the excitement and bustle of December. As much joy as we have for the coming of Christ, we still wait in hope for something more, and music can help us be present to that reality.

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© 2021 USCCB, additional text by Liturgy Training Publications. 800-933-1800 and Kathryn Ball-Boruff. Permission to publish was granted by the Archdiocese of Chicago on February 9, 2021.

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