ĠESÙ U L-PROFEZIJI FUQU --- JESUS AND THE PROPHECIES ABOUT HIM
How does Advent suggest that we prepare?
- Repentance — forsake the sins of the world for a godly way of life.
- Prayer – pray for the coming of Christ, for he shall save.
- Patience – his coming may be delayed. Watch and wait, for his coming may be sudden
Expressed in colour. The mood of Advent is expressed in the liturgical colour, purple. It depicts a feeling of quiet dignity, royalty and repentance. Purple was the traditional colour of a king’s robe - the coming Christ is King of kings. Advent, like Lent, is a time for solemn and sober thought about one’s sins, leading to repentance. It denotes a quiet time for watching, waiting and praying for Christ to come again, personally and universally.
Joy in hope. Advent stresses not so much fulfillment as anticipation of fulfillment: the Lord is coming! Christians have great expectations of Christ’s coming again. As a family looks forward to a son returning from a war and as a bride anticipates her wedding day, so a Christian looks forward with joy to Christ’s coming. In the quiet joy of anticipation and not the joy of celebration of a past event
Come Lord Jesus !
EJJA MULEJ ĠESÙ !"
The Advent Wreath
Since circles have no beginning and no end, the circular shape of the Advent Wreath is used to symbolize the endless nature of God’s love for all mankind.. The wreath holds four candles which are lit over the four weeks of Advent - The light of the flame is a visual reminder that Christ is "The Light of the World" (John 8:12). - There are three violet (purple) candles and one pink, the 'Joy' candle, each representing 1,000 years. Added together, the four candles symbolize the 4,000 years that humanity waited for the Saviour: The entire 4000 year period of God's calling his people to Himself - from Abraham to the human birth of Jesus Christ Himself --- The everlasting covenant that involves promises on God’s part and obligations on mankind’s part --- The apostle Paul is crystal clear on this point: “If you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring [i.e., seed], heirs according to promise” (Gal. 3:29). It is the true church, those who are of faith (Gal. 3:9), who are the people of the covenant and the recipients of the promises of the Abrahamic treaty. It is not a question of blood lineage for one to be a member, but one of faith. As Paul says, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Gal. 3:28).
The sign and seal of the covenant in the New Testament age is BAPTISM: God’s people undergo this ritual as a visible sign that they belong to the covenant and that they will receive the blessings of being in the covenant community: Most importantly, through the Sacrament of Reconciliation we will have the grace to receive the Eucharist, God Himself, to guide us in wisdom in our faithfulness and gratitude in Him and in His Church.
The Advent Wreath draws attention to the anticipation of the coming of a Messiah that weaves its way like a golden thread through Old Testament history. The Israelites yearned for a return of God’s dynamic presence in their midst. And so, God revealed to some of the prophets that indeed He would not leave His people without a true Shepherd.
First Sunday in Advent – Light the first purple candle which is the candle of Hope and in some traditions prophecy because it reminds us that God foretold the coming of His Son and it represents the period of waiting.
Rorate coeli - Gregoriano a música da paz
Second Sunday in Advent – Light the first and the second purple candle which is the candle of Peace and in some traditions it is called the Bethlehem Candle because it reminds us that even God prepared for the birth of His Son. The manger in Bethlehem became a cradle fit for a King.
IL-MADONNA TAL-ISTENNIJA - PELLEGRINAĠĠ FIT-TIENI ĠIMGĦA TA' L-AVVENT
OUR LADY, THE EXPECTANT VIRGIN MOTHER - PILGRIMAGE IN THE SECOND WEEK OF ADVENT
Third Sunday in Advent – Gaudete Sunday - Light the first two purple candles and the pink candle that is called the candle of Joy and in some traditions the Shepherds’ candle. It reminds us of the poor shepherds who were the first people to see Jesus – that we all need a shepherd and that Jesus is our shepherd. God loves all people. Some are rich and famous, but others are poor and sometimes hungry. Each has a very special place in the heart of God.
Fourth Sunday in Advent – Light the 4th purple of love (together with the other 2 purple and 1 pink candles). This candle is also called the Angel’s Candle. It reminds us that Love came into the world when Jesus was born and represents rejoicing.
The Nativity of the Lord (Christmas)
Happy Birthday dear Jesus
Oh Come Oh Come Emmanuel
Veni Emmanuel (New York Polyphony)
ADVENT - ERO CRAS - the '0'
Antiphons --- and the Advent hymn O Come
O Come Emmanuel
- Unfortunately, many churches sing the first verse of the hymn over and over again throughout the Advent season, maybe also sing verses two and three, but never get around to singing the other beautiful verses.
- Ideally, the hymn "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" ought to be sung only during the last week of Advent. But since it is so popular, and some people might not even realize that it was Advent unless they heard this hymn, it could be sung earlier, possibly even each Sunday (to help unify the season liturgically).
- Yet if this is done, there are better ways of distributing the verses over the four weeks. Since most people know the tune so well, one could easily the first verse until the end, and people could just as easily sing the other verses on the first three Sundays of Advent. To maintain the traditional order, here is one possible suggestion:
- First Sunday: Verses 2 (Wisdom) & 3 (Lord)
- Second Sunday: Verses 4 (Rod of Jesse) & 5 (Key of David)
- Third Sunday: Verses 6 (Dayspring) & 7 (Desire of Nations)
- Fourth Sunday: Verse 1 (Emmanuel) & repeat one or two others
- First Sunday: Verses 1 (Emmanuel) & 2 (Wisdom) & 3 (Lord)
- Second Sunday: Verses 3 (Lord) & 4 (Rod of Jesse) & 5 (Key of David)
- Third Sunday: Verses 5 (Key of David) & 6 (Dayspring) & 7 (Desire of Nations)
- Fourth Sunday: Verse 1 (Emmanuel) & any others you wish to repeat