As I walked into our beautiful church yesterday, I heard glorious music waft through the building, noticed a lovely purple candle burning near the altar, and saw our priest in a rich purple robe. And in a moment of saint-like spiritual maturity, I thought:
“OH CRAP, IT’S ADVENT!”
In typical fashion, I really wanted to observe Advent this year but have done nothing about it. I don’t even know what it is. So, determined to finally incorporate this mysterious part of the liturgical year into our family traditions, I am going to begin reading up on this season and frantically scrambling to celebrate it, however one does that.
Lucky for me, Catholic Exchange is starting a great series called Renewing the Mystery of Advent (hat tip to the Order of Preachers blog) in which they’ll post an article and a video each week. Here is the first article and the first video. I plan to check them out later today.
Also, I’m offering a $1,000,000 prize* to anyone who can summarize Advent in 25 words or less (bonus if you can summarize what the wreath symbolizes in the same number of words). In the past I have actually read some discussion of what this season is all about, but they tend to be very detailed, and as a new convert (and generally dense person) I always manage to walk away without a clear understanding of the basics.
So, I hope everyone is having a blessed Advent…and I hope to soon understand what having a blessed Advent involves.
* Unfortunately I don’t actually have $1,000,000. How about instead of a monetary reward I’ll say “You did a great job of describing Advent in 25 words or less!” Who even wants a million dollars if you can have that?