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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764806612
  • Publisher: Liguori Publications
  • Publication date: 7/6/2000
  • Series: Redemptorist Pastoral Publication Series
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,081,514
  • Product dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 7.37 (h) x 0.57 (d)

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  • Posted December 29, 2011

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    In the "How to Use This Book" introduction to this 2000 publication, it states, "we have collected appropriate spiritual aids that will help the reader in the spiritual celebration of the Church's liturgical season... Every effort has been made to collect in one volume the prayers, practices, and customs, in short all that may be needed, in order to provide you with the opportunity to journey with the Lord through the Advent and Christmas seasons. You will have your choice of prayers and devotions that are understood in the best sense as traditional, many of which are prayers that are hundreds of years old. In addition, you will be introduced to prayers and devotions that are modern, contemporary expressions of ancient themes and truths."

    Here are some quotations from the book:

    "Advent is a liturgical season and a time of waiting and expectation, approximately four weeks in length, in preparation for the feast of Christmas. In the Latin Church... the season of Advent begins on the Sunday closest to the feast of the apostle Andrew (November 30) and is considered the beginning of the liturgical year. The season of Advent may begin as early as November 27, providing for a period fo twenty-eight days of preparation, or as late as December 3, providing for a period of twenty-one days." (Pg. 19)
    "The season of Advent is when we celebrate the 'already and the not yet' of who we are as a Christian people. This eschatological principle means that we have already received the promises of the Christ Child, simply because he came among us, but we have not yet experienced the fulness of each promise." (Pg. 80)
    "This Christmas, as we once again experience the new life promised in the birth of the Christ Child, we, too, can feel that nothing is impossible. In the birth of the Christ Child, prepared for during this season of Advent, we can rediscover and rekindle our own unique sense of innocence and hope, and the belief that all is possible with God. The Church waits. The Church hopes. The Church expects that it will one day be true." (Pg. 85)
    "If there ever is a time to believe in miracles, Advent season is that time!" (Pg. 106)
    "Most families, if truth be told, spend the days before Christmas not quietly preparing for the coming of the Lord... but rather in a frantic shopping and decorating pace. It seems that the liturgical season has succumbed to the secular season of shopping and office parties. Christmas, the time before and the time after the feast, is no longer just a Christian liturgical feast, it has been secularized to the point that it is even celebrated in countries that are officially atheistic... But yet, if the spiritual rhythm of the Advent time of preparation, followed by the Christmas time of celebration is entered into, a power may be discovered that will not be lost when the Christmas tree is taken down and the fancy silverware is put away until next year." (Pg. 173)
    "Unfortunately, because of the celebratory nature of the feast and because of the expected gatherings of family and friends, Christmas is also a time when many people feel very much alone and unloved. It is, therefore, a time when all people of good will are called to a heightened awareness of the shared humanity that we all possess. This awareness often prompts people to a sense of inclusion instead of the exclusion that is symbolized by 'no room in the inn.'" (Pg. 175-17

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