In this lesson we focus on the themes surrounding the third week in Advent, as we journey closer to Christmas. We will study why this Sunday is called Gaudete Sunday and why the priest wears rose vestments. The focus of this lesson is on joy. We will also provide resources on the Advent Ember Fasts.
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As we prepare to celebrate the Solemnity of the Nativity of Our Lord, Jesus Christ, on December 25th, we spend the weeks of Advent in preparation. However, these weeks of penance are also a time to remind us that we must be spiritually prepared for the Second Coming of Christ and our own Judgment. During the first week of Advent we shall meditate on hope, peace for the second week, joy for the third week, and love during the fourth week.
Today, like the preceding days, we seek to grow in love for Our Lord in this time of penance and preparation. Let us read “The Mystery of Advent” from the “Liturgical Year” by Dom Gueranger.
If, having described the characteristic features of Advent which distinguish it from the rest of the year, we would penetrate into the profound Mystery which occupies the mind of the Church during this season, we find that the Mystery of this Coming, or Advent, of Jesus is at once simple and threefold. It is simple for it is the one same Son of God that is coming; it is threefold because He comes at three different times and in three different ways.
'In the first coming,' says St. Bernard, 'He comes in the flesh and in weakness; in the second, He comes in spirit and power; in the third, He comes in glory and majesty; and the second coming is the means whereby we pass from the first to the third.'
This, then, is the mystery of Advent. Let us now listen to an explanation of this threefold visit of Christ, given to us by Peter of Blois, in his third sermon de Adventu: 'There are three comings of Our Lord; the first in the flesh; the second in the soul; the third at judgment. The first was at midnight according to the words of the Gospel: At Midnight there was a cry made, Lo, the Bridegroom cometh! But this first coming is long since past for Christ has been seen on the earth and has conversed among men. We are now in the second coming, provided only we are such as that He may thus come to us; for He has said that if we love Him, He will come to us and take up His abode with us. So that this second coming is full of uncertainty for us; for who, save the spirit of God, knows them that are of God? They that are raised out of themselves by the desire of heavenly things, know indeed when He comes, but whence He cometh or whither He goeth they know not. As for the third coming, it is most certain that it will be, most uncertain when it will be; for nothing is more sure than death, and nothing less sure th... Please purchase this lesson to continue learning.
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