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:
Francis Bowden, Martha Bowden, Mandy Brady, Carl Bright, Swiss Britt, John Brooks, Carol Eskew, Sandra Fantz, Sarah Fisher, Jason Gardiner, Jim Greene, Alison Harris, Jeff Harris, Ruth Hepler, Tom Hunter, Bill Ivey, Elizabeth Ivey, Lisa Johnston, Al Jones , Karen Manno, Katja Michael, Sally Paris, Jenna Parker, Pat Pepper, Chris Potter, Jan Potter, Margaret Shaw, Linda Smith, Jason Snape, John Thompson-Quartey, Anne Willcocks, Stephanie Yucius
Calendar of Activities at St. Catherine's in Advent & Christmas
December 3 -- Advent 1 — * Regular worship schedule
Christmas Artisan Market 8 am - 1 pm
Children’s Cookies & Stories Night 6:15-7:00 pm
December 6 -- Wednesday Night Live dinner & programs
Advent Quiet Evening, 7:00 pm
December 10 -- Advent 2 — * Regular worship schedule
Vestry election at all services
St. Nicholas visit to Catechesis atriums
Pageant rehearsal 1:00 pm (speaking parts)
December 12 -- Blue Christmas service, 7:00 pm
December 13 -- Wednesday Night Live dinner & programs
Contemplative Eucharist 7:15-8:00 pm
December 14 -- Senior Adults’ Eucharist & Christmas Lunch 11 am
December 17 -- Advent 3 — * Regular worship schedule
* Christmas Pageant at 8:45 am service
Acolyte Christmas Training & party 3:30 pm
* Greening of the Church , 5-8 pm
Christmas decorating/music donations due
Giving Tree ingathering
December 20 -- Youth Christmas Party 6:30-8:30 pm
Contemplative Eucharist 7:15-8:00 pm
December 23 -- Christmas Festival at Emmaus House
December 24 -- Advent 4 and Christmas Eve —
10:30 am — Advent 4 worship (one service only, no Christian Formation classes)
5:00 pm — Holy Eucharist & Reception
10:30 pm — Festival Holy Eucharist & Reception
December 25 -- Christmas Day — one service 10:30 am
December 31 -- First Sunday after Christmas —
One service 10:30 am (no Christian Formation)
January 6 -- Parish Epiphany Party
* - 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.”