Prayers and best wishes for a blessed Advent and a merry Christmas
to you and your loved ones from the people of St. Catherine’s!
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Thank you to all who contributed to this collection, especially:
Ellen Adams, Paul Anderson, Martha Bowden, Frances Bowden, Swiss Britt, John Brooks, Carol Eskew, Alison Harris, Jeff Harris, Bill Ivey, Elizabeth Ivey, Susan Jablonski, Susan Johnson, Elisabeth Johnston, Al Jones , Ellis Kilgore, Elizabeth Lopez, Karen Manno, Marcia Markette, Katja Michael, Audrey Nesbitt, Sally Paris, Jenna Parker, Pat Pepper, Chris Potter, Jan Potter, Harriett Pyburn, Hale Sanders, Randy Satterfield, Linda Scott, Margaret Shaw, Linda Shrake, Linda Smith, Jason Snape, Dean Taylor, Dorothea Westin, Anne Willcocks, Stephanie Yucius
Calendar of Activities at St. Catherine's in Advent & Christmas
- November 27 - Advent 1 — * Regular worship schedule,
No Church School
* Advent wreath making for all ages, 10-11 am
- Nov. 29, Dec. 6, 13, 20 - Tuesday Morning Advent Eucharist & Study:“Let Every Heart Prepare,” 7:00-8:00 am
- November 30 - Advent Quiet Evening (adults and youth 12 & up)
- Nov. 30, Dec. 7, 14 - Wednesday Night Live programs for Youth
and Explorers (kids), 7:00-8:00 pm
- December 4 - Advent 2 — Worship schedule change:
* 8:00 am - Holy Eucharist
* 9:00 am - Church School
* 10:30 am - Advent Lessons & Carols Service
- December 11 - Advent 3 — * Regular worship schedule
Vestry election at all services
Christmas Artisan Market 8 am - 1 pm
Christmas decorating/music donations due
Giving Tree ingathering
- December 15 - Senior Adults’ Eucharist & Christmas Lunch 11 am
- December 17 - Christmas pageant rehearsal 10:00 am
- December 18 - Advent 4 — * Regular worship schedule
* Christmas Pageant at 9:00 am service
* Hanging of the Greens, 5-8 pm
- December 24 - Christmas Eve —
8 am — Christmas Festival at Emmaus House
* 5:00 pm — Eucharist and Reception
10:30 pm — Festival Eucharist with music prelude
- December 25 - Christmas Day — one service,10:30 am
- December 31 - Youth Alumni Homecoming Brunch 11 am - 1 pm
- January 1 - First Sunday after Christmas —
* one service 10:30 am (no Church School)
* - nursery available
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- Advent marks the beginning of the Church Year. It begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas and ends at sundown on Christmas Eve.
- This Advent we enter into Liturgical Year A, which
emphasizes the Gospel of Matthew.
- Advent is the season of waiting for Christ to be born again. It is also the season of longing for the Messiah to come again at the end of the age.
- The Advent wreath is lit during the four weeks prior to Christmas to represent the light of God coming into the world. Four outer candles represent the four weeks before Christmas, as well as the four centuries of waiting between the Old Testament prophet Malachi and the birth of Christ. The inner candle is lit on Christmas Day and represents Christ as the Light of the World.
- The word “advent” comes from the Latin word “adventus,” which means “arrival” or “coming.” During the liturgical season of Advent we prepare ourselves for the arrival of Christ into our lives by remembering his humble birth and by looking to the future when Christ will come again at the end of time.
- The word “Christmas” means "The Christ Mass," where we celebrate the birth of Jesus, the Incarnation of God. The first recorded observance of Christmas occurred in Rome in 360 AD.
- The Christmas season begins at sundown on December 24 and lasts through sundown on January 5, which correlate to the Twelve Days of Christmas.
- The liturgical color for the season of Advent is blue, to symbolize anticipation and expectancy.
- The liturgical color of the days of Christmas is white, to symbolize the joy and celebration of Christ's presence in the world.
- On January 6, the twelfth day after Christmas,
we celebrate Epiphany, when we remember the visit
of the Wise Men who recognized
Jesus as the Messiah.
"Epiphany" means “manifestation” or “revelation.”