The First Sunday in Advent
Happy New Year Christians!
This marks the beginning of the Liturgical Year for the Christian Church. I like to take a moment to remind people too - IT'S NOT CHRISTMAS YET! The Christmas Season for Christians starts on Christmas Day and then lasts twelve days - until January 6th, Epiphany, though some celebrate all the way to Candlemas, which is February 2nd.
I thought today's Epistle reading from the Extraordinary Rite would be something good to meditate upon, so I present it for your reading too:
EPISTLE, Rom 13. 11-14
A reading from the Epistle of the blessed apostle Paul to the Romans. Brethren, knowing the time, that it is now the hour for us to rise from sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we believed. The night is past, and the day is at hand; let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light. Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and impurities, not in contention and envy; but put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ.
Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section.
Back to my first thought... when someone wishes you a "Happy Holidays" or "Merry Christmas," consider responding, "And a blessed Advent to you!"