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The Pastor’s Corner

Posted on Dec 13, 2018

Dear Parishioners-
We continue our journey through these hope-filled days of longing and preparation as we celebrate the Third Sunday of Advent this weekend. This Third Sunday of Advent marks an important point in our season. On Monday, December 17, we begin the “second phase” of Advent, when we turn our attention more specifically toward the
celebration of the Nativity of the Lord. This is alluded to in the Prayer after Communion for this Sunday’s Mass when we pray, “We implore your mercy, Lord, that this divine sustenance may cleanse us of our faults and prepare us for the coming feasts.”
However, it is Advent joy that is the overwhelming and prominent characteristic of the Third Sunday of Advent, which is also known as Gaudete Sunday. The readings pick up on this theme of joy: the prophet Zephaniah, in the first reading, exhorts all of Israel to “shout for joy” and “to sing joyfully.” St. Paul, in the second reading, reminds us to “rejoice in the Lord always.” The source of this joy is both the nearness of the Lord that we already experience, and the coming of the Lord in the rapidly-approaching celebration of the Nativity.
Advent is the season of hope and longing. Jesus is the One who fulfills our hopes and satisfies the longings of our hearts. As our hopes and longings intensify, even the prayer of the Church takes on a special sense of urgency. Throughout the world, Christians invoke Jesus’ coming by praying the “O Antiphons” (found at www.usccb.org). These short but powerful petitions use the ancient Messianic titles to describe who Jesus truly is and what He will do for His people. Space allows for just these three…enjoy!
On December 17 pray: “O Wisdom, O holy Word of God, you govern all creation with your strong yet tender care. Come and show your people the way to salvation.”

On December 18 pray: “O sacred Lord of ancient Israel, who showed yourself to Moses in the burning bush, who gave him the holy law on Sinai mountain: come, stretch out your mighty hand to set us free.”
On December 19 pray: “O Flower of Jesse’s stem, you have been raised up as a sign for all peoples; kings stand silent in your presence; the nations bow down in worship before you. Come, let nothing keep you from coming to our aid.”
Father Forcier














































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