The season of Advent, the time of preparation for Christmas, begins Sunday, December 3. Advent comes from "ad-venire" in Latin, meaning "to come to." It is a season filled with both preparation for the celebration of Jesus' birth and the anticipation of his promised second coming. The display of an Advent wreath is a visual reminder and expression of the significance of the Advent season. The Advent wreath includes four candles that are lit to mark the movement through the four Sundays of Advent and the expectation and hope celebrated at Christmas.
All are welcome to participate in this year's Advent Reflection Series hosted by the Mercy Center on Monday afternoons in December from 4:00-4:45 p.m. in the Xavier Hall Lounge. These opportunities consist of an Advent-themed reflection by a student, faculty or staff member, followed by a conversation of those gathered.
The Sisters of Mercy invite us to enter more fully into this season with reflections for each of the four Sundays and weeks of Advent, which can be read here on their blog. These weekly reflections explore the theme of Welcoming the Stranger. This year's theme is divided into four topics, one for each Sunday/week of Advent and include a written reflection and artistic rendering written or created by members of our Mercy community. The topic for the first Sunday/week of Advent is Praying for Families Displaced by Flooding. This reflection is written by Sisters Marielena McKenna and Roxana Contreras and features artwork by Sister Corlita Bonnarens.
May these resources and opportunities support the time for prayer, reflection, and peace in the weeks ahead.
-Michael E. Sanderl, Ed.D.
Vice President & Chief Sponsorship and Mission Integration Officer
Advent Week 1: Praying for Families
Displaced by Flooding
Advent Week 2: Praying for Immigrants
Advent Week 3: Praying for Victims of Human Trafficking
Advent Week 4: Praying for People Who Feel