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Advent means arrival or coming. During this sacred season, we actively recall the arrival of Jesus as the Word made flesh, and we joyfully await his final return at the end of the age. But as we remem ...
It is not possible to celebrate the birth of Jesus, the Christ, the very Son of God, in a single day. The church gives us a season—from Christmas Eve to the feast of the Baptism of the Lord—to reflec ...
Christmas Poems to Open the Heart
John Shea, drawings by Mark and Franklin McMahon
Christmas is unavoidable. But if it is going to happen for us, we need to take time. We need to slow down and do something out of the ordinary, something that has to do with the spiritual meaning of t ...
Christmas Commotion, Advent Grace
Susan H. Swetnam
The lament swells every December, as perennial as the jingle of Salvation Army bells: the season of Advent is lost in the secular trappings of Christmas preparation. For those aspiring to a reverent A ...
A Commentary on the Infancy Narratives of Jesus
Stephen J. Binz
Advent is the season in which we reread and relive the experience of ancient Israel as it longed for the coming of the Messiah. It is also a time to reflect on the infancy narratives of Jesus which ha ...
Reflections on Finding God in Daily Life
E. Jane Rutter
Move your prayer life to a deeper level with these faith-filled, inspiring reflections. In Seasons of the Spirit, Jane Rutter guides you gently through the rhythms of the church's liturgical seasons i ...
Joseph F. Kelly
When was Christmas first celebrated? How did December 25 become the date for the feast? How did the Bible's "magi from the East" become three kings named Melchior, Caspar, and Balthasar who rode camel ...
The Advent of Salvation in the Gospel of Luke
Darrin W. Snyder Belousek
In Good News Darrin Snyder Belousek explores the meaning of salvation in the Gospel of Luke. Through biblical reflections on the stories and songs of Luke's telling of the coming of Jesus the Messiah, ...
Spiritual Reflections for Advent and Christmas
Anselm Grün, OSB
Allow the mystery of Advent and Christmas to touch and transform you. In A Time of Fulfillment: Spiritual Reflections for Advent and Christmas, Anselm Grün brings fresh meaning to the traditional text ...
Advent, Christmas, Epiphany (vol. 1)
Adrien Nocent, OSBIntroduced, Emended, and Annotated by Paul Turner
When Adrien Nocent's The Liturgical Year was published in the 1970s, it was the very first comprehensive commentary on the three-year lectionary in relation to the Sacramentary/Missal as these were re ...
Comparing the Seasons in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms of the Roman Rite
Patrick Regan, OSB Foreword by Rev. Msgr. Kevin W. Irwin
Since 2007, use of the Roman Missal of 1962 has been broadly permitted within the church. This creates, in effect, two liturgical years running concurrently. In Advent to Pentecost, Abbot Patrick Rega ...
Joseph F. Kelly
Many Christians struggle to balance the religious and secular elements of Christmas, but the history of the feast shows that this is nothing new. The religious Christmas has changed over the centuries ...
Joseph F. Kelly
In his previous book The Origins of Christmas, Joseph F. Kelly answers common questions about the development of Christmas rituals and legends, and explores the history of the holiday. In this book Ke ...
Discovering Advent in the Old Testament
Christoph Dohmen; Linda M. Maloney, Translator
What is the significance of Jesus' genealogy in the Gospel of Matthew? Why do we put and ox and ass at our créches? Why did angels appear to the shepherds? In No Trace of Christmas? Christoph Dohmen e ...
Robert D. Eimer and Sarah A. O'Malley, OSB
In 1994 Pope John Paul II called for Christians to prepare for the 2000th anniversary of the birth of Jesus. In 1997-99, the Church entered into an immediate period of preparationa three- year Advent ...