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There is a part called, "Hey, Father?" which includes many basic questions and answers about Advent.
Immediately below you will find a great website and a very simple, short daily prayer that will add greatly to your Advent season of preparation. More websites may be found after the QandA.
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a) we cannot speak about God since God is infinite
b) in a limited way when we speak about that which God created
c) by recognizing the inability of our language to fully express the mystery of God
d) both b and c
CHAPTER TWO: God Comes to Meet Man: The Revelation of God
6. What does God reveal to man? (CCC 50-53, 68-69)
a) God reveals Himself
b) God reveals His plan of loving goodness
c) God reveals that all are to share in divine life
d) all of the above
7. What are the first stages of God's Revelation?(CCC 54-58,70-71)
a) creation of the sun, stars, and moon
b) Jesus Christ
c) Adam and Eve and Noah and his family
d) none of the above
8. What are the next stages of God's Revelation? (CCC 59-64, 72)
a) creation, self, nations
b) Cain, Ishmael, King Saul
c) angels, prophets, priests
d) Abram, Israel, Moses, King David
(Answers at end)
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WHAT IS ADVENT?
Some Christians interpret the four candles in a very specific way. The first candle, or the Prophet Candle, symbolizes the hope and anticipation of Christ's coming in the flesh as prophesied so many places in the Old Testament. The second candle recalls how Christ appeared in the flesh in humble manner, being born of a virgin in the insignificant village of Bethlehem. This is why this candle is often referred to as the Bethlehem Candle. The third candle is known as the Shepherds' Candle. It recalls the rejoicing of the shepherds when they departed after having seen the Christ-child in the stable. The fourth candle is the Angels' Candle. It reminds us of the heavenly host that announced of the good news of our Savior's birth.
In addition to the four Advent candles, most Advent wreaths have a larger, white candle in the center called the Christ candle. This white candle is lit on Christmas Eve and throughout the Twelve Days of Christmas.
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Overview of the Season of Avent
SUNDAY MASS READINGS AND QUESTIONS
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First Sunday of Advent – Sunday, November 28th, 2021
The First Reading- Jeremiah 33:14-16
The days are coming, says the LORD, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and Judah. In those days, in that time, I will raise up for David a just shoot; he shall do what is right and just in the land. In those days Judah shall be safe and Jerusalem shall dwell secure; this is what they shall call her: “The LORD our justice.”
Happy New Year! Well, liturgical new year, anyway. Our liturgical calendar has reset, and we are now in Cycle C for the readings. That means we’ll hear a lot from the Gospel of Luke. Today is also the First Sunday of Advent — our time of preparation before Christmas. The readings are a strong reminder of what we celebrate in Christmas and what we should be doing to prepare our hearts and homes for this great feast. Advent isn’t just a warm-up for Christmas though — it’s its own season with its own dignity and importance. We find ourselves between celebrating Jesus as the king of the universe and Jesus the baby who will be our focus in a few weeks. Our first reading is a prophecy that is fulfilled in Christ. It is the only passage in the Old Testament that uses the term “New Covenant.” The peace prophesied here is what Jesus will bring - the interior “shalom” that can only come from the Lord.
Adults - The First Reading is a prophecy of Jesus. Research another prophecy of Jesus in the Old Testament and meditate on it.
Teens - How can you keep the focus on Advent in your life, instead of jumping over it and going straight to Christmas.
Kids - Think of a kind thing to do every day this week in honor of the coming birth of the baby Jesus.
Responsorial- Psalm 25: 4-5, 8-9, 10, 14
R.To you, O Lord, I lift my soul.
Your ways, O LORD, make known to me;
teach me your paths,
Guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my savior,
and for you I wait all the day.
R. To you, O Lord, I lift my soul.
Good and upright is the LORD;
thus he shows sinners the way.
He guides the humble to justice,
and teaches the humble his way.
R. To you, O Lord, I lift my soul.
All the paths of the LORD are kindness and constancy
toward those who keep his covenant and his decrees.
The friendship of the LORD is with those who fear him,
and his covenant, for their instruction.
R. To you, O Lord, I lift my soul.
-Reflect his week on the phrase “fear of the Lord.” Think of what this means to you, and do a little reading on the true meaning of the phrase.
The Second Reading- 1 Thessalonians 3:12-4:2
Brothers and sisters: May the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, just as we have for you, so as to strengthen your hearts, to be blameless in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his holy ones. Amen. Finally, brothers and sisters, we earnestly ask and exhort you in the Lord Jesus that, as you received from us how you should conduct yourselves to please God and as you are conducting yourselves you do so even more. For you know what instructions we gave you through the Lord Jesus.
Our second reading prays that we will grow in love for one another, and instructs us to strengthen our hearts, be blameless in our actions, and follow the instructions that we were given on how to live that justice that Jesus promises to complete for us. Advent is not just about the birth of Jesus, but also about His coming in the Eucharist at every Mass and His coming at the end of time. Reflecting on this three-fold meaning of Advent is a good way to begin examining how we are living our life as His disciples.
Reflect on this three fold meaning of Advent, and examine if you are living in a way that pleases the Lord.
The Holy Gospel according to Luke 21:25-28, 34-36
Jesus said to his disciples: “There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on earth nations will be in dismay, perplexed by the roaring of the sea and the waves. People will die of fright in anticipation of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. But when these signs begin to happen, stand erect and raise your heads because your redemption is at hand. “Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy from carousing and drunkenness and the anxieties of daily life, and that day catch you by surprise like a trap. For that day will assault everyone who lives on the face of the earth. Be vigilant at all times and pray that you have the strength to escape the tribulations that are imminent and to stand before the Son of Man.”
The first part of the Gospel ensures us that if we’re doing those things we are instructed to do in the Second Reading, Jesus’ coming will be good news for us — our “redemption is at hand.” But, if we get caught up in the cares of the world that distract us from working for justice and increasing love for others, then we’ll find God’s presence scary. Advent tells us to slow down. It calls us to take some time to reflect on what God is calling us to in the present moment, to prepare our hearts to really receive the gift that Jesus is to us — that life-changing gift that shapes our hearts to make us a gift to others. This Gospel reading is a reminder that Advent is also a time to reflect on if we are ready for the Second Coming of the Lord.
Adults - Meditate on this Gospel reading, and consider your life in light of it. Are there any changes you need to make to be better prepared for Jesus?
Teens -When you’re a teen you have to be vigilant a lot: in your schoolwork, in sports or school activities, in budgeting your time, perhaps in a job and in your friendships and family relationships. What happens when you stop paying attention to these important things, or when you don’t give them the appropriate focus? Likewise, what happens when you don’t spend enough time in prayer? What are some things that you have to be vigilant about in your life right now? How will doing the right thing now impact your future?
Kids - Do you ever feel sad? What gives you hope that things will be alright?
LIVING THE WORD OF GOD THIS WEEK! – “We must start our journey to ascend to the mountain of the Lord, to be illuminated by His Words of peace and to allow Him to indicate the path to tread (cf. Is 2:1-5). Moreover, we must change our conduct abandoning the works of darkness and put on the ‘armor of light’ and so seek only to do God’s work and to abandon the deeds of the flesh (cf. Rm 13:12-14). Jesus, through the story in the parable, outlines the Christian life style that must not be distracted and indifferent but must be vigilant and recognize even the smallest sign of the Lord’s coming because we don’t know the hour in which He will arrive (cf. Mt 24:39-44)” 1 Pope Benedict XVI, Celebration of First Vespers of Advent, Vatican Basilica, December 2006; ---Excerpted from the website of Congregation for the Clergy
QandA answers5. How can we speak about God? d) both b and c
By taking as our starting point the perfections of man and of the other creatures which are a reflection, albeit a limited one, of the infinite perfection of God, we are able to speak about God with all people. We must, however, continually purify our language insofar as it is image-bound and imperfect, realizing that we can never fully express the infinite mystery of God.
CHAPTER TWO: God Comes to Meet Man: The Revelation of God
6. What does God reveal to man? d) all of the above
God in his goodness and wisdom reveals himself. With deeds and words, he reveals himself and his plan of loving goodness which he decreed from all eternity in Christ. According to this plan, all people by the grace of the Holy Spirit are to share in the divine life as adopted “sons” in the only begotten Son of God.
7. What are the first stages of God's Revelation? c) Adam and Eve and Noah and his family
From the very beginning, God manifested himself to our first parents, Adam and Eve, and invited them to intimate communion with himself. After their fall, he did not cease his revelation to them but promised salvation for all their descendants. After the flood, he made a covenant with Noah, a covenant between himself and all living beings.
8. What are the next stages of God's Revelation? d) Abram, Israel, Moses, King David
God chose Abram, calling him out of his country, making him “the father of a multitude of nations” (Genesis 17:5), and promising to bless in him “all the nations of the earth” (Genesis 12:3). The people descended from Abraham would be the trustee of the divine promise made to the patriarchs. God formed Israel as his chosen people, freeing them from slavery in Egypt, establishing with them the covenant of Mount Sinai, and, through Moses, giving them his law. The prophets proclaimed a radical redemption of the people and a salvation which would include all nations in a new and everlasting covenant. From the people of Israel and from the house of King David, would be born the Messiah, Jesus.