The First Sunday of Advent

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“Advent is the season of the presence and expectation of the eternal. For this very reason, it is in a particular way a period of joy …joy in the fact that God made himself a Child. This joy, invisibly present within us, encourages us to journey on with confidence.”

Pope Benedict XVI


Prayers for Lighting the Advent Wreath Candles
From A Prayer Book of Catholic Devotions

First Week

All powerful God, Increase our strength of will for doing good that Christ may find an eager welcome at his coming and call us to his side in the kingdom of heaven, where he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit one God, forever and ever.
Amen.

All Souls’ Day

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The Last Judgment, by Hans Memling, 1466-1473

The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed

All Souls Day Prayer

Lord God,
you are the glory of believers
and the life of the just.
Your Son redeemed us
by dying and rising to life again.
Since our departed brothers and sisters
believed in the mystery of our resurrection,
let them share the joys and blessings
of the life to come.
Amen.