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  2. 2. the Bible is read and some meditation is done. The wreath can be brought to the church to be blessed by the priest. During Advent, a wreath of pine branches, called an Advent wreath, with four candles, one for each Sunday, is placed in churches and also in some homes. to each of those four candles a virtue is assigned - that must be improved in that week, for example: the first, love; the second, peace; the third, tolerance and the fourth, faith. On Sundays of Advent, family or community gathers around theAdvent wreath.
  3. 3. The Advent Wreath has its origin in a European pagan tradition that consisted of lighting candles duringwinter to represent the fire of the sun god, to return with its light and warmth during winter.The first missionaries in Nordic countries took advantage of this tradition to evangelize people.They started from their customs to teach them the Catholic faith. The crown is made up of a great variety of symbols: It is a set of green branches, without flowers due to the austerity typical of Advent, arranged or braided in a circle, to which are added four candles located on the periphery.
  4. 4. The first candle is lit on the first Sunday of Advent, along with reading a biblical passage or making prayers. Successively the remaining candles are lit, a new one on each of the following Sundays, until the four candles are lit on the Sunday before Christmas. Often, a fifth white candle is placed in the center, that is lit on Christmas Eve or Christmas.
  5. 5. The circular shape - The circle has no beginning and no end. It is a sign of God's love that is eternal, without beginning and without end, and also of our love for God and neighbor that should never end. The green branches-Green is the color of hope and life, and God wants us to wait for his grace, the forgiveness of sins and eternal glory at the end of our lives. The most important longing in our lives should be to reach a closer union with God, our Father.
  6. 6. THE FOUR CANDLES It makes us think of the darkness caused by sin that blinds man and distances him from God. After the first fall of man, God gradually gave a hope of salvation that illuminated the entire universe like the candles the crown.Just as the darkness dissipates with each candle we light, the centuries were illuminated with the ever closer arrival of Christ to our world. There are four candles that are placed on the crown and lit one by one, during the four Sundays of Advent when praying as a family.… .And the light is identified with the spirit and the force of life that persists, even in the midst of the short days and the cold that usually governs the Northern Hemisphere in the Advent season. In Christian symbolism, light means Christ, based on the Gospel of John who presents him as the "light of the world" (John 8:12).
  7. 7. 1 The first candle is called "Candle of Hope". Symbolizes faith in God keeping his promises to humanity. Green 2 The second is called "Candle of Preparation", reminding Christians to "prepare" to receive God. They must watch and do penance.- Purple or Blue 3 The third is the "Candle of Joy". Remember the angels singing happily about the birth of Christ. -Pink
  8. 8. 4 - The fourth candle, The "Candle of Love", reminds Christians that God loves us enough to sendhis only Son to Earth. It’s Yellow White -The "Candle of Christ", the white one in the center, represents Jesus Christ himself.
  9. 9. Red apples that adorn the wreath represent the fruits of the garden of Eden with Adam and Eve . They brought sin to the world but they also received the promise of the Universal Savior.
  10. 10. The red ribbon represents our love for God and the love of God that surrounds us.
  11. 11. Prayer of blessing of the wreath. Lord God, bless with your grace our Advent wreath so that, when we light it up, it may awaken in us the desire to hope for the coming of Christ by practicing good works, and so that when He arrives, may we be admitted to the Kingdom of Heaven. We ask you throuth Christ our Lord. Amen.
  12. 12. The Advent liturgy The Epistles, given the proximity of the Redeemer, exhort the believer to leave the works of darkness and dress with the armor of light; May he conduct himself honestly, as in broad daylight, with dignity, and dresses himself in the Lord Jesus Christ; The nations they are called to praise the name of the Lord; it invites them to rejoice in the closeness of the Lord, so that the peace of God, that surpasses all knowledge, may guard his heart; it exhorts him not to judge, for when the Lord comes he will reveal the secrets hidden in hearts.
  13. 13. In the gospels the Church speaks of the Lord who comes in his glory; of Him in whom, and through whom, prophecies are fulfilled; of the Eternal Guide in the midst of the Jews; of a voice in the desert, "Prepare the way of the Lord”.
  14. 14. Lessons of advent for us The austerity and poverty of the circumstances of the birth of Christ, helps us remember the poor of the world, in contrast to the excess spending on material goods
  15. 15. It's a time of prayer and reflection characterized by watchful waiting (i.e. time of hope and keeping vigil), of repentance, of forgiveness and of joy.The Christ who comes will bring this to us- Mercy, Justice, Peace
  16. 16. Pope Benedict XVI on Advent - In ancient times it was a custom to foretell the coming of a king or lord, or also of the god who was worshiped. This gave time to the faithful to prepare his coming, a time to prepare for his official visit. Advent signifies the presence prepared by God Himself.
  17. 17. That's why it reminds us of two things 1, that the presence of God in the world has already started, and that he is already present in a hidden way; 2, that the presence of God that has just begun, is not yet fulfilled, but it is in process of growth and Maturing.
  18. 18. His presence has already begun, and it is us, the believers, who have to make Him present in the world. It is through our faith, hope and love that he wants to continually shine like a light in the night of the world.
  19. 19. Our light So the lights we turn on on this winter's dark nights will be both comfort and warning - consoling assurance that "The light of the world" has already been lit in the dark night of Bethlehem and has changed the night of human sin into the holy night of divine forgiveness;
  20. 20. on the other hand, the consciencethat this light can only — and only wants to — continue to shine if it is sustained by those who, being Christians, continue the work of Christ through the ages.
  21. 21. The light of Christ wants to illuminate the night of the world through the light that we are; his presence, already initiated by him, must continue to grow through us.
  22. 22. When the hymn "today Christ is born" sounds again and again in the holy night, we must remember that the beginning that took place in Bethlehem must be a permanent beginning in us, that that holy night is again a "today" every time a Man allows the light of good to make the darkness of selfishness disappear…
  23. 23. The child of God is born, whereever one works, inspired by the love of the Lord, where we do more than just exchange gifts. Advent means the presence of God has already begun
  24. 24. This means that a christian doesn’t just look at what has already happened, in the past, but rather to what is to come. In the midst of all the misfortunes of the world he is sure that the seed of light secretly continues to grow
  25. 25. one day, Good will definitely triumph, and everything will be submitted to Him: the day that Christ comes back. The presence of God, which has just begun, will one day be complete.
  26. 26. The Eve Of Christmas Two thousand years have almost gone by Since Jesus was nailed on a cross to die His teachings were done by words and deed And thousand would listen, and thousands would heed. The words of His wisdom, and that of God As many miles on foot would he trod Let Peace be on earth, would be His command, And nothing less than this should we demand! On the Eve of His birth let us all be blessed And thank our God as we see the end of our quest. Let us all stand together, as brother and friend And pledge our love, and respect to a world without end. Together we stand, in joy and in sorrow and praise the birth of Jesus with the light of tomorrow!
  27. 27. JOURNEY OF THE MAGI - ELIOT T.S. “A cold coming we had of it, Just the worst time of the year For a journey, and such a long journey: The ways deep and the weather sharp, The very dead of winter.” And the camels galled, sore-footed, refractory, Lying down in the melting snow. There were times we regretted The summer palaces on slopes, the terraces, And the silken girls bringing sherbet. Then the camel men cursing and grumbling And running away, and wanting their liquor and women, And the night-fires going out, and the lack of shelters, And the cities hostile and the towns unfriendly And the village’s dirty and charging high prices: A hard time we had of it. At the end we preferred to travel all night, Sleeping in snatches. With the voices singing in our ears, saying That this was all folly. Then at dawn we came down to a temperate valley, Wet, below the snow line, smelling of vegetation; With a running stream and a watermill beating the darkness, And three trees on the low sky, And an old white horse galloped away in the meadow. Then we came to a tavern with vine-leaves over the lintel, Six hands at an open door dicing for pieces of silver, And feet kicking the empty wine-skins, But there was no information, and so we continued And arrived at evening, not a moment too soon Finding the place; it was (you may say) satisfactory. All this was a long time ago, I remember, And I would do it again, but set down This set down This: were we led all that way for Birth or Death? There was a Birth, certainly, We had evidence and no doubt. I had seen birth and death, But had thought they were different; this Birth was Hard and bitter agony for us, like Death, our death. We returned to our places, these Kingdoms, But no longer at ease here , in the old dispensation, With an alien people clutching their gods. I should be glad of another death.
  28. 28. HARK! THE HERALD ANGELS SING Glory to the newborn King Peace on earth and mercy mild God and sinners reconciled Joyful all ye nations rise Join the triumph of the skies With angelic host proclaim Christ is born in Bethlehem Hark! The herald angels sing Glory to the newborn King Christ by highest heaven adored Christ, the everlasting Lord Late in time behold He'll come Offspring of a Virgin's womb Veiled in flesh the Godhead see Hail the incarnate deity Pleased as man with man to dwell Jesus, our Emmanuel Hark! The herald angels sing Glory to the newborn King Hail, the heaven born Prince of Peace Hail, the Son of Righteousness Light and life to all He brings Risen with healing in His wings Mild He lays His glory by Born that man no more may die Born to raise the sons of earth Born to give them second birth Hark! The herald angels sing Glory to the newborn King
  29. 29. JOY TO THE WORLD! The Lord is come Let earth receive her King! Let every heart prepare Him room And heaven and nature sing (2) And heaven, and heaven and nature sing Joy to the world! the Savior reigns Let men their songs employ While fields and floods Rocks, hills and plains Repeat the sounding joy (2) Repeat, repeat the sounding joy No more let sins and sorrows grow Nor thorns infest the ground He comes to make His blessings flow Far as the curse is found (2) Far as, far as the curse is found He rules the world with truth and grace And makes the nations prove The glories of His righteousness And wonders of His love (2) And wonders and wonders of His love
  30. 30. SILENT NIGHT, holy night! All is calm, all is bright. Round yon Virgin, Mother and Child. Holy infant so tender and mild, Sleep in heavenly peace,(2) Silent night, holy night! Shepherds quake at the sight. Glories stream from heaven afar Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia, Christ the Savior is born!(2) Silent night, holy night! Son of God love's pure light. Radiant beams from Thy holy face With dawn of redeeming grace, Jesus Lord, at Thy birth (2)
  31. 31. O COME ALL YE FAITHFUL joyful and triumphant Oh come ye O come ye to Bethlehem; come and behold him born the King of angels; O come let us adore him Christ the Lord. God of God light of light Loathe he not the virgin's womb; Very God begotten not created: O come let us adore him Christ The Lord. Sing choirs of angels sing in exultation Sing all ye citizens of heaven above; Glory to God in the highest: O come, let us adore him, Christ The Lord See how the shepherds summoned to his cradle, leaving their flocks, draw nigh with lowly fear we too will thither hend our joyful footsteps; O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord. Yea, Lord, we greet thee, born this happy morning; Jesus, to thee be glory given; word of the Father, now in flesh appearing: O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord.
  32. 32. The Eve Of Christmas Two thousand years have almost gone by Since Jesus was nailed on a cross to die His teachings were done by words and deed And thousand would listen, and thousands would heed. The words of His wisdom, and that of God As many miles on foot would he trod Let Peace be on earth, would be His command, And nothing less than this should we demand! On the Eve of His birth let us all be blessed And thank our God as we see the end of our quest. Let us all stand together, as brother and friend And pledge our love, and respect to a world without end. Together we stand, in joy and in sorrow and praise the birth of Jesus with the light of tomorrow!
  33. 33. Wonder There is faint music in the night, And pale wings fanned by silver flight; A frosty hill with tender glow Of countless stars that shine on snow. A shelter from the winter storm, A straw-lined manger, safe and warm, And Mary crooning lullabies, To hush her Baby's sleepy sighs. Her eyes are rapt upon His Face, Unheeded here is time and space; Her heart filled with blinding joy, For God's own Son--her little Boy!
  34. 34. True Christian Christmas Christmas isn't showy gifts Or glittering decoration; It's honouring our Saviour, Jesus Christ In humble adoration. It's serving those less fortunate, Meeting their needs before our own; It's making sure at Christmas time That no one is alone. It's taking what we would have spent On things that no one needs, And using it to help someone With service and good deeds. Our Saviour showed us how to live With charity, faith and service. It makes the holidays a joy, More peaceful, and less nervous. So let's remember Christmas is About our Saviour’s birth; That's the way to happiness, The way to peace on earth. By Joanna Fuchs
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  36. 36. LIST OF PRESENTATIONS IN ENGLISH Revised 24-11-2021 Advent and Christmas – time of hope and peace All Souls Day Amoris Laetitia – ch 1 – In the Light of the Word Amoris Laetitia – ch 2 – The Experiences and Challenges of Families Amoris Laetitia – ch 3 - Looking to Jesus, the Vocation of the Family Amoris Laetitia – ch 4 - Love in Marriage Amoris Laetitia – ch 5 – Love made Fruitfuol Amoris Laetitia – ch 6 – Some Pastoral Perspectives Amoris Laetitia – ch 7 – Towards a better education of children Amoris Laetitia – ch 8 – Accompanying, discerning and integrating weaknwss Amoris Laetitia – ch 9 – The Spirituality of Marriage and the Family Beloved Amazon 1ª – A Social Dream Beloved Amazon 2 - A Cultural Dream Beloved Amazon 3 – An Ecological Dream Beloved Amazon 4 - An Ecclesiastical Dream Carnival Christ is Alive Christ the King Familiaris Consortio (FC) 1 – Church and Family today Familiaris Consortio (FC) 2 - God’s plan for the family Familiaris Consortio (FC) 3 – 1 – family as a Community Familiaris Consortio (FC) 3 – 2 – serving life and education Familiaris Consortio (FC) 3 – 3 – mission of the family in society Familiaris Consortio (FC) 3 – 4 - Family in the Church Familiaris Consortio (FC) 4 Pastoral familiar Football in Spain Haurietis aquas – devotion to the Sacred Heart by Pius XII Holidays and Holy Days Holy Spirit Holy Week – drawings for children Holy Week – glmjpses of the last hours of JC Inauguration of President Donald Trump Juno explores Jupiter Laudato si 1 – care for the common home Laudato si 2 – Gospel of creation Laudato si 3 – Human roots of the ecological crisis Laudato si 4 – integral ecology Laudato si 5 – lines of approach and action Laudato si 6 – Education y Ecological Spirituality Love and Marriage 12,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 Lumen Fidei – ch 1,2,3,4 Martyrs of North America and Canada Martyrs of Vietnam Medjugore Pilgrimage Misericordiae Vultus in English Mother Teresa of Calcuta – Saint Pope Franciss in Thailand Pope Francis in Japan Pope Francis in Sweden Pope Francis in Hungary, Slovaquia Pope Francis in America Pope Francis in the WYD in Poland 2016 Querida Amazonia Resurrection of Jesus Christ –according to the Gospels Russian Revolution and Communismo 3 civil war 1918.1921 Russian Revolution and Communism 1 Russian Revolution and Communismo 2 Saint Agatha, virgin and martyr Saint Albert the Great Saint Anthony of Padua Saint Cecilia Saint Elizabeth of Hungary Saint Francis of Assisi Saint Ignatius of Loyola Saint James, apostle Saint Joseph Saint Maria Goretti Saint Martin of Tours Saint Maximilian Kolbe Saint Mother Theresa of Calcutta Saint Jean Baptiste MarieaVianney, Curé of Ars Saint John of the Cross Saint Patrick and Ireland Saints Zachary and Elizabeth, parents of John Baptis Signs of hope Sunday – day of the Lord Thanksgiving – History and Customs The Body, the cult – (Eucharist) Valentine Vocation – Way of the Cross – drawings for children For commentaries – email – Fb – Martin M Flynn Donations to - BANCO - 03069 INTESA SANPAOLO SPA Name – EUR-CA-ASTI IBAN – IT61Q0306909606100000139493
  37. 37. LISTA DE PRESENTACIONES EN ESPAÑOL Revisado 24-11-2021 Abuelos Adviento y Navidad, tiempo de esperanza Amor y Matrimonio 1 - 9 Amoris Laetitia – ch 1 – A la luz de la Palabre Amoris Laetitia – ch 2 – Realidad y Desafíos de las Familias Amoris Laetitia – ch 3 La mirada puesta en Jesús: Vocación de la Familia Amoris Laetitia – ch 4 - El Amor en el Matrimonio Amoris Laetitia – ch 5 – Amor que se vuelve fecundo Amoris Laetitia – ch 6 – Algunas Perspectivas Pastorales Amoris Laetitia – ch 7 – Fortalecer la educacion de los hijos Amoris Laetitia – ch 8 – Acompañar, discernir e integrar la fragilidad Amoris Laetitia – ch 9 – Espiritualidad Matrimonial y Familiar Carnaval Cristo Rey Cristo Vive Dia de todos los difuntos Domingo – día del Señor El camino de la cruz de JC en dibujos para niños El Cuerpo, el culto – (eucarisía) Espíritu Santo Familiaris Consortio (FC) 1 – iglesia y familia hoy Familiaris Consortio (FC) 2 - el plan de Dios para la familia Familiaris Consortio (FC) 3 – 1 – familia como comunidad Familiaris Consortio (FC) 3 – 2 – servicio a la vida y educación Familiaris Consortio (FC) 3 – 3 – misión de la familia en la sociedad Familiaris Consortio (FC) 3 – 4 - participación de la familia en la iglesia Familiaris Consortio (FC) 4 Pastoral familiar Fátima – Historia de las Apariciones de la Virgen Feria de Sevilla Haurietis aquas – el culto al Sagrado Corazón Hermandades y cofradías Hispanidad Laudato si 1 – cuidado del hogar común Laudato si 2 – evangelio de creación Laudato si 3 – La raíz de la crisis ecológica Laudato si 4 – ecología integral Laudato si 5 – líneas de acción Laudato si 6 – Educación y Espiritualidad Ecológica Lumen Fidei – cap 1,2,3,4 Madre Teresa de Calcuta – Santa María y la Biblia Martires de Nor America y Canada Martires de Vietnam Medjugore peregrinación Misericordiae Vultus en Español Papa Francisco en Bulgaria Papa Francisco en Rumania Papa Francisco en Marruecos Papa Francisco en México Papa Francisco – mensaje para la Jornada Mundial Juventud 2016 Papa Francisco – visita a Chile Papa Francisco – visita a Perú Papa Francisco en Colombia 1 + 2 Papa Francisco en Cuba Papa Francisco en Fátima Papa Francisco en la JMJ 2016 – Polonia Papa Francisco en Hugaría e Eslovaquia Queridas Amazoznia 1,2,3,4 Resurrección de Jesucristo – según los Evangelios Revolución Rusa y Comunismo 1, 2, 3 Santa Agata, virgen y martir San Alberto Magno San Antonio de Padua San Francisco de Asis 1,2,3,4 Santa Cecilia Santa Maria Goretti San Ignacio de Loyola Santa Isabel de Hungria San José, obrero, marido, padre San Juan Ma Vianney, Curé de’Ars San Juan de la Cruz San Martin de Tours San Maximiliano Kolbe Santa Teresa de Calcuta San Padre Pio de Pietralcina San Patricio e Irlanda Santiago Apóstol Santos Zacarias e Isabel, padres de Juan Bautista Semana santa – Vistas de las últimas horas de JC Vacaciones Cristianas Valentín Virgen de Guadalupe Vocación – www.vocació Vocación a evangelizar Para comentarios – email – fb – martin m. flynn Donations to - BANCO - 03069 INTESA SANPAOLO SPA Name – EUR-CA-ASTI. IBAN – IT61Q0306909606100000139493