Blogmas Day 22: 4th Sunday of Advent

Today marks the 4th Sunday in Advent! During this time we learn about the significance of Mary’s role in the story of Christ’s birth. Upon learning that she was chosen to carry Jesus, she was filled with worry. but the Angel guided her in taking comfort in knowing that she was selected to carry the most precious gift in all of humanity.

As we draw closer to the celebration of Christ’s birth, we remember to carry on with our lives in humility. Christmas is a time to be thankful for family and loved ones, while moving forth in celebration.

Blogmas Day 15: 3rd Sunday of Advent

Today marks the 3rd Sunday of Advent. In my Advent calendar, quotes reflect an angel communicating to Mary that she is expecting a son. The angel also visits Joseph to appease him, that the joyous event of Christ’s birth is coming.

This continues a time of deep reflection, yet there is a glimmer of excitement in the air. The gift of Jesus Christ’s birth is approaching, and we must keep that thread of excitement in the air as we wait.

Blogmas Day 8: Second Sunday of Advent

The Second Sunday of Advent reminds us to be mindful of our actions during this moment of reflection. While it’s important to honor the upcoming birth of Jesus, this day also tells us to be present in every moment in life. John the Baptizer was featured in a Gospel reading at my church this afternoon. In this specific passage, John advises people to stay mindful of their actions, for it makes a marked impact in one’s future. Celebrating Advent is a time for deep preparation and anticipation.

Blogmas Day 7: Lessons and Carols

On Thursday I traveled to Seton Hall University to see a ‘Lessons and Carols’ performance. It is a show performed every year by the students of the Immaculate Conception Seminary, featuring song and prayer which tells the tale of the ‘Preparation of Christmas’.

This is my third year attending ‘Lessons and Carols’, and I always find it a wonderful performance honoring the arrival of Christ. The Seminarians have practiced so diligently in giving such a beautiful performance!

Here are two links from last year’s Lessons and Carols event:

‘Adeste Fideles’ (Seminary Choir)

‘Salve Regina’ (Seminarians ‘End-of-Evening’ song)

Blogmas Day 1: 1st Sunday of Advent

I’m so thrilled to take part in Blogmas once again! I can’t believe that the Christmas season is upon us!

In case you’re new to my page, Hello! I’m Cathleen, and I usually post bookish content here. During the month of December, I do Blogmas, in which bloggers post Christmas/Holiday themed content throughout the month of December.

This year, Blogmas begins on Advent Sunday (the 1st Sunday of Advent). Advent is the time of year when Christians celebrate the preparation of the birth of Jesus Christ on the 25th (Christmas Day). For many that celebrate Advent, this begins a time for reflection. We pause to take note on the events that occurred in our lives throughout the year, and solemnly make a note to have patience when planning our future. We go about our daily lives with patience, while readying ourselves for the birth of Jesus.

The Christmas season brings forth stress, but it’s also a time for family and friends to gather joyfully. While tension tends to run high during this time of year, it’s also important to stay mindful of the simple joys already present in our lives!

Stay tuned for some holiday-themed posts throughout the month! I’ll also have my usual bookish content to share with you all.

Blogmas Day 23: 4th Week of Advent

Today marks the fourth and final Sunday of Advent. This period symbolizes Peace: that the excitememt of Christ’s arrival will bring about peace of mind throughout the land. All of our waiting and anticipating of Jesus’s birth seems like a long process, yet this is a time to reflect and internalize what we need to attain peace in our lives. Advent reminds us that true happiness comes through realizing what matters in life the most: being with family, loved ones, and a loving support system. Christmas is two days away, and it’s such a meaningful time for us all.

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Blogmas Day 2: 1st Sunday of Advent

     Today marks the first Sunday of Advent, or the beginning of the liturgical year in the Roman Catholic Church. This also marks the period when Catholics begin to prepare for the birth of Jesus Christ. During the next four weeks, we observe Advent through prayer and being mindful of the things which are truly important in daily life, while waiting for the coming birth of Christ. The Advent wreath features four candles, each representing a different phase of the season: Faithfulness, Hope, Joy, and Love. 

     It’s true that in this day and age, consumerism has swept up the Christmas spirit for many families around the world. The need to own the hottest commodities has taken precedence. Despite this reality, it’s very crucial to remember why we all celebrate this season in the first place. It’s important to maintain a sense of mindfulness and kindness in the midst of preparing for Christmas.