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The Blessed 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. ...

The Blessed Mother and Advent - Part 2: The Perfect Faith of the Blessed Virgin
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 to all."

Advent 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.

Opening Prayer

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)


See Also:

Advent Week 4

Advent Week 3

Advent Week 1

Malankara World Advent Supplement

Malankara World Christmas Supplement

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