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Liturgy Committee - Advent

Members  of the Liturgy Committee evaluate and make suggestions for improving the liturgical life of the parish in order to further the work of the Holy Spirit in building community, worship and prayer. The committee discusses Sunday and weekday liturgies, sacramental celebrations, liturgical space, liturgical decorations, liturgical music, parish retreats/ missions, parish faith sharing groups, seasonal prayer services, and other items requested by the pastor. The committee typically meets once per liturgical season. 

Advent WreathADVENT

A season of Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love
Advent (from the Latin adventus meaning “coming”) is the beginning of the Liturgical year. It is the time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas.

This year the first Sunday of Advent falls on December 2nd. The church uses the color purple for vestments, altar cloths, and candles to denote this reflective period of waiting. However, on the third Sunday of Advent (Gaudete -meaning rejoice- Sunday) a pink candle is lit. This shift in color symbolizes change in emphasis from expectation to celebration that the waiting period is half over.

The most famous hymn of Advent is “O Come Emmanuel”. Its lyrics based on the Prophet Isaiah articulate the hopeful anticipation of the Advent season.