1st and 2nd Week Advent 2013 - Archive Posts

Theme for First Week of Advent is Hope

Scripture readings for Sunday's Mass are here.

Reflections from St Louis University Centre for Liturgy are here.

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 "He shall judge between the nations,
and impose terms on many peoples.
They shall beat their swords into plowshares
and their spears into pruning hooks;
one nation shall not raise the sword against another,
nor shall they train for war again."

I'm away for the first two Sundays of Advent so I've picked out a few posts from the archives with reflections on the Advent Journey. 

Advent Blues Light A Candle In The Darkness from 2011

Advent Hope 2012


Theme for Second Week of Advent is Love

Scripture Readings for Mass are here

Reading 1 Extract from Isaiah
 "A shoot shall come out from the stock of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. The spirit of the Lord shall rest on him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. … On that day the root of Jesse shall stand as a signal to the peoples; the nations shall enquire of him, and his dwelling shall be glorious. "

Detail from the 'Tree of Jesse' window, dated 1145, Chartres Cathedral, France.

Click here for my post on this Gospel from the 2010 archives

My post for 2nd Sunday Advent 2011 is here

My post for 2nd Sunday Advent 2012 is here

Advent Poem
Sr. Christine Schenk, CSJ

I wait
with quickened hope
for crooked paths
to straighten,
with tough-soul'd
while blinded
keepers of the keys
shut out
God's own.
(If such a thing were possible.) 

I wait,
and will not be
For a tiny shoot
of Jesse tree
took root in me
to love,
give sight
set free. 

Source of poem

From the Archives a few selected posts related to themes of 2nd Week..

Iconography of Advent, Nativity and The Garden of Life : 2012

Rilke and Advent :2012

Reflection for Second Week Advent : Poustinia : 2010

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