Week of Dec 11 -Dec 15:
2nd week of Advent
Saint of the day link /Saint of the Day Calendar – Franciscan Media
Advent is the season in the Church's liturgical year when we prepare for the celebration of Jesus' birth. During Advent we aswk ourselves if we are living the life Jesus calls us to live. Advent is also a time of hope when we ask God to be with us as we prepare to welcome Emmanel, which means "God with us."
There are four weeks in the Advent season. The first Sunday of Advent marks the beginning of the new liturgical year. On December 8th, we celebrate the Immaculate Conception of Mary. The Advent seasons ends on Christmas Eve.
The word Advent comes from the Latin word Adventus, which means "arrival" or "coming."
Advent is a season of grace during which we prepare ourselve from the coming of Jesus.
The Jesse Tree
The Jesse tree was created to help people link the custom of decorating Christmas trees to the events leading up to Jesus birth. The tradition of decorating Christmas trees actually predates the arrival of Christianity in western Europe and was adopted by the early Church. In order to associate the custom more clearly with Christianity, people made Jesse trees—Christmas trees with decorations related to the events of Jesus’ birth and the prophecies about him in the Old Testament. Many parishes and families make Jesse trees during Advent to remind them of these events as they prepare for Christmas.
The story of Jesse, the father of David, is told in Isaiah 11:1-10.
David’s story is found in 1 Samuel 16:1-13.