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Please listen to the video below regarding the season of Advent. As we look ahead to the celebration of the coming of Christ at Christmas may we use these brief weeks well to prepare our souls to receive and welcoming our Lord.
The Mass schedule for St. James Parish in Augusta, KS for fourth Sunday of Advent and Christmas are as follows:
Saturday Dec. 23 Vigil for the Fourth Sunday of Advent 5:00 pm
Sunday Dec. 24 Morning Masses for the Fourth Sunday of Advent 8:00 and 10:30 am
Sunday Dec. 24 Vigil for Christmas 5:00 pm
Monday Dec. 25 Morning Masses for the Holy Day of Christmas 12:00 midnight and 9:00 am
Please remember this year every Catholic in good standing needs to attend both a Mass for the fourth Sunday of Advent and a Mass for the Christmas Holy Day.
Advent comes from the Latin word meaning “coming.” Jesus is coming, and Advent is intended to be a season of preparation for His arrival. While we typically regard Advent as a joyous season, it is also intended to be a period of preparation, much like Lent. Prayer, penance and fasting are appropriate during this season.
Advent is not as strict as Lent, and there are no rules for fasting, but it is meant to be a period of self-preparation. The purple color associated with Advent is also the color of penance. The faithful should fast during the first two weeks in particular and receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
The color of the Third Sunday of Advent is rose. This color symbolizes joy and represents the happiness we will experience when Jesus comes again. The Third Sunday is a day of anticipatory celebration. It is formerly called “Gaudete” Sunday; gaudete means “rejoice” in Latin.
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