Advent Week 4
The fourth candle of Advent represents Love, the ultimate love of God that He might send His only Son for us. Called the “Angel’s Candle,” the fourth candle of Advent is lit the Sunday before Christmas, and it is the color purple, leading us to eagerly await the new Kingdom of God on earth.
Our Image this week...
No explanation necessary.
Can there be any other image that so fully expresses the meaning of LOVE? To give of Oneself completely for the sake of another(s)? Something we will revisit during Holy Week.
But for now, on Christmas Eve, we celebrate and give thanks for the birth of our salvation, of LIGHT in the midst of darkness.
“And in the end, everything else will turn out to be unimportant and inessential, except for this:
Father, Child, and Love.”
- Pope St. John Paul II
Master of both the light and the darkness,
send your Holy Spirit upon us this Christmas Eve.
We who have so much to do seek quiet spaces to hear your voice each day.
We who are anxious over many things look forward to your presence among us.
We who are blessed in so many ways, long for the complete joy of your kingdom.
We whose hearts are heavy seek the joy of your presence.
We are your people, walking in darkness, yet seeking the light. To you we say, Come, Lord Jesus! Amen."
- Henri Nouwen
Suggestions for Prayer
Offerings will change each week of Advent
Each week a night prayer will be offered as you go to bed. It will change each week and reflect the theme for the week.
Minute with Mary
Each week we will offer a decade of the rosary for you to pray on the Road to Bethlehem. The Mysteries will reflect the THEME each week.
This week we pray our first decade on HOPE, with the Butterfly as our guide.
Each Thursday and Saturday a one minute video reflection on Mary offered by Fr. Carl Pieber, C.M.