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Advent With Leo the Great

Posted: Saturday, December 1st, 2007 @ 10:07 pm in Advent, Liturgical Calendar, Popes | 1 Comment »

It’s time for Advent again. Since you are reading this blog, you probably already know that Advent is a penitential season, much like Lent. That means it is a time to emphasize prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. As Pope St. Leo I points out in his sermons on Advent Embertide, these three duties are appropriate all […]

Uh-oh I forgot!

Posted: Thursday, December 21st, 2006 @ 7:15 am in Advent, Liturgical Calendar | Comments Off on Uh-oh I forgot!

It’s the week before winter, so that means this is an Ember week. That means fasting an abstinence for Wednesday (which I flubbed) Friday and Saturday. Pray for a good winter, and for our clergy. For more see my original Ember Week post here. Why do I keep re-posting this? I believe it is important […]

Advent – Preparing for the Second Coming

Posted: Thursday, November 30th, 2006 @ 6:48 am in Advent, Culture, Liturgical Calendar | 1 Comment »

As indicated in the last post, Advent has a twofold purpose. One is to prepare for the commemoration of the Lord’s first coming (sometimes called the Coming of Mercy) which we do by trying to remind ourselves what the world was like before the incarnation. The other is to prepare for his second coming (or […]

Come, Let Us Adore The King, Who Is About To Come

Posted: Wednesday, November 29th, 2006 @ 8:36 am in Advent, Liturgical Calendar | Comments Off on Come, Let Us Adore The King, Who Is About To Come

Advent is, of course, the beginning of the liturgical year, a new year for the Church. As such it represents the time before Christ came, when the world was still in darkness. This is part of the reason Advent is a penitential season. According to my old missal, the prayers of the mass and the […]

Advent, The Forgotten Season

Posted: Monday, November 27th, 2006 @ 10:22 pm in Advent, Liturgical Calendar | 2 Comments »

In the title of this post I don’t mean that Advent has been literally forgotten. Most people acknowledge its existence. What I do mean is that the purpose of the season has been forgotten. For most folks Advent is a mad dash to get shopping done, decorate for Christmas, attend parties, children’s pageants, and generally […]

What happened to Ember Days?

Posted: Wednesday, June 7th, 2006 @ 12:03 pm in Advent, Culture, Easter, Lent, Liturgical Calendar, Time After Pentecost | 8 Comments »

This week is an Ember week on the old liturgical calendar. Specifically Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday are Ember Days. An Ember week proceeds the start of each new season (the name is a corruption of Quatuor Tempora or four times). Each Ember Day is a day of fast and abstinence to “thank God for the […]