Advent Eve

Tomorrow begins the penitential season of Advent. I write this web log with lit pipe warmly glowing in hand. Over the next 4 weeks it will be a minor sacrifice to offer up while preparing for the coming of our Savior.

With Advent the ecclesiastical year begins in the Western churches. During this time the faithful are admonished

  • to prepare themselves worthily to celebrate the anniversary of the Lord's coming into the world as the incarnate God of love,
  • thus to make their souls fitting abodes for the Redeemer coming in Holy Communion and through grace, and
  • thereby to make themselves ready for His final coming as judge, at death and at the end of the world.

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