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Old 12-29-2016, 07:18 AM
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5th CANDLE – (white) “CHRIST CANDLE” – The white candle reminds us that Jesus is the spotless lamb of God, sent to wash away our sins! Being placed in the center of the ’empty space’ also is a physical reminder that Christ came down from heaven and entered into our world for our salvation. When the candle is lit, it reminds us that Christ is the light of the world! After all, Christ is “the Light that came into the world” to dispel the darkness of sin and to radiate the truth and love of God (cf. John 3:19-21). His birth was for his death, his death was for our birth! “The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, ‘Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!‘” (John 1:29)
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Although Advent does not officially start until Sunday 12/3, this thread is now open for your reflections, poems, carols, traditions, activities and stories that you find helpful in keeping Christ in the center of Christmas.
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Beautiful picture, Benisse. And a beautiful season.

I have to admit my spiritual life has been pretty lackluster the past few years. I've been bogged down with worldly concerns and aspirations: bills, working two jobs, and playing chess as a hobby. While life is full of choices, I've really had no excuse to put my prayer life on the back burner.

It is therefore with humility and gratitude that I approach this Advent season. As challenging as my (often high-class) problems may seem to be, I recognize that my ultimate design is in the hands of God. Christ comes to us as a helpless child. After his parents say yes to God's will they must bear their son in poverty. They fly to Egypt to protect their precious son and Savior. When they present him in the Temple, they're barely noticed. The sweet humility of Christ has always invited me to come out of myself and enter the mystery and joy of Advent.

One meditation I like to use is "The Word Among Us." The daily bible readings and reflections bring both a real-world application to witnessing to the faith as well as a meditative connection to the actual Nativity some-2000 years ago. I have an Advent Wreath I like to light at home sometimes in the evening. I really enjoy seeing this whenever I walk into a Church as well. I go to Daily Mass when I can. And when I'm taking my dog for a walk in the evenings we like to stop in front of homes with actual CHRISTMAS decorations.

One year I hadn't prepared for Christmas very well and in the last week of Advent we pray the seven short "O Antiphons." You may be familiar with some of these beautiful proclamations in the song "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel." Well, that year I only did my meditation one day that week, the day in which the O Antiphon was "O Come O Key of David,
opening the gates of God’s eternal Kingdom: come and free the prisoners of darkness!" Come Christmas day, my nieces and nephew had made everyone a Christmas card from scratch, complete with children's adorable crayon art and lettering. Each one had a different O Antiphon on it. On mine were the words, "O Key of David."

It's heart-warming to know God meets us where we're at and invites us into the depth of this joyful mystery of Advent and Christmas.
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"As you do not know the path of the wind, or how the body is formed in a mother's womb, so you cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all things." -Ecclesiastes 11:5
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Tirian, thank you for sharing how this special season is not only a time of reflection but also of renewal for you. For those who would like to read more about the O Antiphons and Advent, they are mentioned in this online Advent Devotional I have been following (under the section "The Message of Salvation to All":
http://ccca.biola.edu/advent/2017/#day-dec-18

Timmy -- lovely photo! and I appreciated the verse... It underscores the wonder that often gets forgotten in the busyness of life but which we strive to rediscover in Advent.

This weekend was memorable for me because I got to go to two different candlelight services. First I went to a pinning ceremony for one of my friends who just got her B.S. in nursing from a Christian school, and at the end all the new graduates from this program stood in a ring around the audience and, holding candles, recited the international nurses' oath. Closing the ceremony --while we sat ringed by candlelight, was this touching (and challenging) Franciscan blessing:

May God bless you with a restless discomfort
about easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships,
so that you may seek truth boldly and love deep within your heart.

May God bless you with holy anger
at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people,
so that you may tirelessly work for justice, freedom, and peace among all people.

May God bless you with the gift of tears
to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation, or the loss of all that they cherish,
so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and transform their pain into joy.

May God bless you with enough foolishness
to believe that you really can make a difference in this world,
so that you are able, with God’s grace, to do what others claim cannot be done.


Then on Saturday my husband and I got to go to a Christmas cantata worship celebration that ended in singing "Silent Night" by candlelight... We have an Advent wreath at home, but there is something extra special about singing by candlelight in the deep quiet of darkness --joined by others with their candles and voices. It's like being blanketed in wonder and praise.
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I am not sure whether this is the correct location for this post, so feel free to move it if I'm in the wrong place. However, I should like to wish everyone on The Dancing Lawns a very Happy Christmas and New Year. God bless you all!
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Thank you Corin!
And Merry Christmas to all Narniacs, near and far!
Christ the Savior is born!

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