Reflections for Week 2 (December 9-15)
Advent Reflections for December 9
Reflections for December 10
Reflections for December 11
Reflections for December 12
Reflections for December 13
Advent Reflections for December 14
Reflections for December 15
Mother and Advent Part 2: The Perfect Faith of the Blessed
Virgin by Carl E. Olson
Monsignor Ronald Knox once observed that Advent and Christmas mark "a
return to our origins." Having been given the incredible news by the
angel, Mary makes a return of sorts to her own origins, travelling to
visit her beloved cousin–likely the closest living relative she had. She
journeyed three or four days to the "hill country, to a city of Judah" (Lk
1:39), filled with the joy of news that was undoubtedly still
overwhelming and mysterious. ...
Renewing the Mystery of Advent, Part Two: The Witness of John
the Baptist by Br. Anthony Giambrone, O.P
Why should we believe the testimony of a man who eats locusts and wears
clothes made out of camel's hair? Learning the reason will help ready
our hearts for the coming of Christ. ...
Advent II: The Messiah
Is Coming by Justin Holcomb
The second Sunday in Advent (Advent II) continues on the path started in the
first week by looking forward to Christ's first and second coming. Advent II
focuses on John the Baptist, the Gentiles being included in God's family,
Christ's coming in judgment and peace, and the church's hopeful expectation of
the completion of his promises. ...
Mother and Advent - Part 2: The Perfect Faith of the Blessed
How blessed was Mary? It might seem a frivolous question
considering that she carried the Incarnate Son in her womb. But
in order to appreciate the reverence due to Mary, it should be
noted that the phrase "blessed art thou among women" is the
Jewish way of saying: "You are the most blessed of woman!" And
why has Mary been chosen by the Most High to be the mother of
the Redeemer? ...
Advent Awaits by M.
Jolaine Szymkowiak, MA
Are our expectations during the waiting too high? We become caught up in the
disagreeable more quickly when hassled during the holiday. However, "The saying
is sure . . insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may
be careful to apply themselves to good deeds; these are excellent and profitable
Meditations by Kenneth C. Kroohs
Although the Advent season is primarily about Jesus' arrival to the world ..
both remembering His first arrival and anticipating His return ... I suggest a
focus more on His arrival in our lives. An expectation .. a desire that Jesus
enter our lives in some very special way this Christmas. ...
|Anima Christi -
Soul of Christ
Soul of Christ, sanctify me.
Body of Christ, save me.
Blood of Christ, inebriate me.
Water from the side of Christ, wash me.
Passion of Christ, strengthen me.
O Good Jesus, hear me.
Within Thy wounds, hide me.
Suffer me not to be separated from Thee.
From the malignant enemy, defend me.
In the hour of my death, call me.
And bid me come to Thee, that with
Thy saints I may praise Thee for ever and ever.
God of power and mercy,
open our hearts in welcome.
Remove the things that hinder us
from receiving Christ with joy,
so that we may share his wisdom
and become one with him
when he comes in glory.
Bible Reading Schedule
This Christmas, do something that will refresh and strengthen your soul.
These 25 short, daily Bible readings highlight the birth of Jesus and the purpose for His coming.
Related Old Testament passages are also featured.
Recapture the reason for the season!
Day 9: Jesus is born in Bethlehem
Day 10: Shepherds visit Jesus
Day 11: Mary and Joseph bring Jesus to the temple
Day 12: Visitors arrive from eastern lands
Day 13: The escape to Egypt
Day 14: The return to Nazareth
Day 15: Jesus speaks with the religious teachers
This Week in
Syriac Orthodox Church
In Syrian Orthodox Church, on Sunday, December
9, 2012, we reflect on the Birth of the John the Baptist, the
forerunner to Jesus Christ. Read and meditate with these resources:
Sermons for the Sunday
- Birth of John the Baptist
Birth of John The Baptist - Malankara World Journal Issue 112
Malankara World Journal Issue 41 -
Advent - Birth of John the Baptist (2011)