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Run Forth To Meet Christ: A Reflection For The First Sunday Of Advent (The Advent thread)

Discussion in 'One Bread, One Body - Catholic' started by Michie, Nov 28, 2021.

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    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 heaven will be shaken.

    As a young priest at my first parish, I would regularly go into the grade school classrooms on the morning after a television show entitled something like “Ancient Prophecies” regularly aired. And no matter what our topic was, our conversation would inevitably turn to what the students had watched the night before and the sensationalistic manner in which passages from Scripture were supposedly predicting an immediate and cataclysmic end to the world. And yet, in our opening collect, I prayed the words, “Grant your faithful, we pray, Almighty God, the resolve to run forth to meet the Christ with righteous deeds at his coming.”

    But what is it that can give us this resolve? What is it that can allow us to ignore the sensationalism and fear-mongering offered by the doomsayers of popular culture? What is it that can allow us as believers to set ourselves apart from unbelievers, whose only hope is in this world, so that we are able to stand up straight and to raise our heads in joyful expectation of our redemption?

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    Advent, especially in the traditional 1962 calendar, is a curious season. It is the beginning of the liturgical year, and yet its first Gospel is about the end of the world. It marks a fresh start, and yet it opens by virtually repeating one of the readings from the Sunday before.[1] It is draped in the penitential color of violet yet is irrepressibly joyful. It awaits the coming of the Messiah, who already came two thousand years ago. During Mass, the Gloria and organ are suppressed and the Holy Name of Jesus is omitted from the Collects; but outside Mass, there are delicious treats and Yuletide drinks and caroling in the streets.

    Liturgical scholars have explanations for these phenomena.[2] Among the Franks, they say, Advent was practically as austere as Lent in form and fasting, while in Rome it was gleefully celebrated with white vestments and the Gloria; the two eventually met in the middle. Advent’s propers, we are told, are a combination of historical happenstance and theological choice. And, yes, it is called Advent after the adventus or coming of Jesus Christ as an infant in Bethlehem, but the ritual remembrance of Our Lord’s first coming is meant to recall and even bring about two others: His coming into our hearts spiritually and His coming in judgment at history’s end. By truly absorbing the Nativity of the Son of God, we can be assured of the former and prepared for the latter.

    Our interest today, however, is not in the origins of this brackish period but in the euryhaline creatures that live in it. Or to put it more plainly, what are the traditional customs of Advent and why do we have them? Let us begin with several customs that extend throughout the entire season and move to others on particular days. For the sake of brevity, we will save St. Nicholas’ Day for another year.

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    “Hope is the theological virtue by which we desire the kingdom of heaven and eternal life as our happiness, placing our trust in Christ's promises and relying not on our own strength, but on the help of the grace of the Holy Spirit.” (CCC 1817)

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