Emmanuel: God With Us

4th Sunday of Advent (A)

One of the most popular Advent hymns is O Come, O Come Emmanuel. Both the Old Testament and the Gospel readings for the fourth Sunday of Advent mention the name Emmanuel, which means “God with us.” Why is this name so significant? That’s what we look at in this week’s video!

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Why is Mary Blessed?

4th Sunday of Advent (C)

The Blessed Virgin Mary is the most beloved of all Catholic saints, regarded as higher than the angels, and Queen of heaven and earth. Why do we Catholics honor Mary so much? Are we guilty, as some Protestants claim, of giving her too much devotion and affection? Why do we consider her to be so blessed?

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God Rejoices Over You

3rd Sunday of Advent (C)

The third Sunday of Advent is known as Gaudete Sunday, after the first word of the Entrance Antiphon for the Mass: “Gaudete in Domino semper… Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice. Indeed the Lord is near.” This verse is taken from St. Paul’s letter to the Philippians, which is also the second reading for this Sunday.

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When Does the Christmas Season Begin?

There is a debate that occurs every year around this time. When is the official start of the Christmas Season? Some argue that it begins the day after Thanksgiving. For others, it’s not until Dec. 1. Most of these hallmarks are purely secular, such as when Santa appears in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, or when the TV networks begin their “25 Days of Christmas” count-down of holiday specials.

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One Who is Coming

Third Sunday of Advent (B)

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Advent is a season of waiting, and as we enter the second half of Advent there is a sense that the One we have been waiting for is growing nearer. The third Sunday of Advent, Gaudete (Rejoice) Sunday, takes its name from the first word of the Entrance Antiphon of the Mass: Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice. Indeed, the Lord is near (Phil 4:4-5).  But what does it mean to say that the Lord is near?

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