Advent First Sunday - Catholic Diocese of Armidale Advent Reflection
27 Nov 2016
Welcome to the first issue of the 2016 Catholic Diocese of Armidale Advent reflection.
In the Catholic Church, Advent is a period of preparation, extending over four Sundays, before Christmas. The word Advent comes from the Latin advenio, "to come to," and refers to the coming of Christ. This refers, first of all, to our celebration of Christ's birth at Christmas; but second, to the coming of Christ in our lives through grace and the Sacrament of Holy Communion; and finally, to His Second Coming at the end of time. Our preparations, therefore, should have all three comings in mind. We need to prepare our souls to receive Christ worthily.
You are encouraged to read this and use it as a basis for your own reflections. You may also may like to use it for weekly prayer in your workplace and with your family.
Yours in Christ,
Most Rev. Michael Kennedy D.D.
Bishop of Armidale