Today is "New Years Eve" in the Church. Tomorrow is the First Sunday of Advent and a new liturgical year.
It might be a good idea to make some New Years resolutions in regard to the faith today.
What shall it be?
Be more forgiving?
Visit the sick?
Go to confession more often?
Learn a new way to pray?
Help someone not as fortunate as you?
Set a good example to family? friends? co-workers?
There are so many things that can be done to help us be better people in the faith. We just need to do it.
So many times, people make New Year's resolutions.
So many times, those resolutions last no more than a month.
Some do not even make a week!
Let it not be that way with our spiritual resolutions. Let us, instead, do all that we can to be ready for the Lord's call. For, call, He will one day.
One of the ways to help our preparation during Advent is to make an Advent wreath.
To make an Advent Wreath, you need a wreath and four candles. Traditionally, there are three purple candles and one pink candle.
On the First Sunday of Advent, and all the evenings this week, you light a purple candle and say a prayer together.
Designate a member of the family to be the leader and someone else to light the candle. You might want to utilize the following format:
In the name of the Father, and of the
Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen
Heavenly Father, as we light this first
candle on our Advent Wreath, bless us
and guide us through this holy season
that we may be prepared to celebrate
with joy the birth of your Son, Jesus.
We ask this through Christ, our Lord.
Light the first candle on the wreath
Pray together an Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be