Advent ushers in change, but no ordinary one. The change is an Incarnation, when God took a risk and became one of us in the form of an innocent newborn at Christmas. That child then changes into our Lord, Savior and Redeemer, who then ushers in even more change.
This year’s Advent/Christmas theme is, “In Crisis, Christ is.” You will see from our logo that simply adding an H after the C and a T after the first S that Christ is in Crisis.
A significant aspect of crisis calls for an urgent need to change, particularly to heal from a very severe medical issue. To say that we are changing now because of a severe medical issue is one of the greatest understatements ever. The crisis of this Covid pandemic has brought with it a heightened need for change, and the predictable rhythms of expectation, preparation and manifestation that always mark the Advent/Christmas seasons can give us hope this year by embracing Christ even more—seeing him in the midst of crisis. In Crisis, Christ is…
In the preparing
In the watching
In the comfort
In the voice crying out
In the bearing
In the anticipating
In the beholding
In the hope of the Child to be born
In the humble surroundings
In the awe
In the gratitude
Not only in the togetherness, but in the growing stronger.
We will begin Mass now by adding to our existing statement of unity. From now on, we will be prompted by:
We are in this …
and the response is TOGETHER.
Going forward we will then be prompted with…
And we will come through this…
and the response is STRONGER
Mary’s journey of conceiving and bearing the Christ Child is an overall symbol of the world that is called to bear and give birth to the Incarnation, God becoming human in Jesus. We tell two additional stories of Mary that are Feasts of the universal church, The Feast of the Immaculate Conception on December 8 and Our Lady of Guadalupe on December 12.
The Immaculate Conception is rooted in the significant and unique role that Mary plays in salvation history by conceiving Jesus by the overshadowing of the Holy Spirit.
Our Lady of Guadalupe solidifies Mary as the Patroness of North and South America as she appeared to Juan Diego near Guadalupe, Mexico, speaking to him not only in Spanish but in his local dialect. This indicates a familiarity that Mary has for all of us, because she was so humble in the face of mystery and courage enabling her to do what God and all humanity asked her to do.
Please see the website for our Christmas Schedule and again, spread the word that people must register for Christmas Masses. Many who normally only join us for Christmas might not be aware of this and if registration indicates the demand, we will alter our schedule. Also, please know that two of our Christmas Masses will be livestreamed, as our 9:00am Mass is each week.
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