See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. - James 5:7

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Advent wreaths and calendars...


Advent wreaths and calendars...
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Neither custom has ever interested me in the least.  I suppose that sounds irreverent, but the practice has never moved me to devotion.  And they are usually awkwardly displayed as well as really ugly.
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BTW - The origins of the Advent wreath dates back to pagan times in Northern Europe and was adapted by the Christians - some say in the Middle Ages, others say during the Reformation.  Of course the Advent calendar does indeed date back to the Reformation - it began as a Lutheran thing.  No big deal though.
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Traditionally, the weeks before Christmas were always observed as a minor lent; prayer and fasting from the feast of St. Martin to Christmas Eve.  In the West, the days of preparation were shortened to four weeks or so beginning with the fourth Sunday before Christmas.  In modern times the Advent Season has lost much of its penitential character, although many traditional Catholics are known to give things up, as in the Great Lent.
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Photo:  Catholic school girls preparing the Advent wreath in the Sister's community room, just before ducking out for a cigarette beneath the gym.  Photo source unavailable.

7 comments:

  1. Omigoodness...

    You are so funny!

    =)

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  2. They don't do much for me either, but I LOVE a door wreath and garlands (real, for the smell, ya know) in a house.

    That caption is hysterical...

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  3. Rhapsody! Big hug!

    Cath - I have mine up along with the garland around the door. The tree goes up on St. Nicholas day...
    the Bambino appears on Christmas Eve.

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  4. I thought that was a photo of Carolina Cannonball...thanks for clearing that up!

    I don't do an Advent "wreath" per se, I have 4 candles (3 purple, 1 pink) sans greenery that I light during prayers. I just like candles. And it was the first Sunday of Advent when I came back to the Church - so this is a special day for me. God is good! Seven years already!

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  5. 'scuse me, I gotta go dig out my Advent candles... Actually I don't do a wreath any more, just a rustic barn board that I put my Advent candles on. I like to have a special devotion for each one, this year the first candle will be for the repose of the soul of my mom.

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  6. Shirley, I like that special devotion idea. I will also pray for the repose of your mom's soul.

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  7. Shirley you don't mean that!
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    I've been waiting 3 years to make that comment to someone named Shirley.

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