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Today is the second Sunday of the Advent season. For the Roman Catholic Church, the second Sunday of the Liturgical Year.  When I was in high school, we were making an Advent Wreath from green leaves of and shaped it into a circle and put four candles.  Three purple candles and a pink one.  The circular shape of the wreath symbolizes eternity and candles are Light of Christ.  On the first Sunday, the first purple candle is being lit as a symbol of prophecy, the second candle for love on the second Sunday.  The pink candle is being lit on the third Sunday and represents joy. And the fourth candle is being lit on the fourth Sunday symbolizes peace. And it is during Advent that our school would sing the song O Come Divine Messiah and  I would summon all the air in my lungs just to sing this beautiful song.

 O come, divine Messiah!
The world in silence waits the day
When hope shall sing its triumph,
And sadness flee away.

Refrain:
Dear Savior haste;
Come, come to earth,
Dispel the night and show Thy face,
And bid us hail the dawn of grace.
O come, divine Messiah!
The world in silence waits the day
When hope shall sing its triumph,
And sadness flee away.
  
O Christ, whom nations sigh for,
Whom priest and prophet long foretold,
Come break the captive fetters;
Redeem the long-lost fold.
Refrain

  You come in peace and meekness,
And lowly will Thy cradle be;
All clothed in human weakness
We shall Thy Godhead see.
Refrain



Advent is the time to prepare for the coming of the Messiah.  It is already the second Sunday, are you prepared already?  Have you open your hearts to let Him in?  It is not time for luxurious gifts but for us to mend our ways and this could be the greatest gift we could give to the Greatest King of all time.

(photo courtesy of http://www.stjamespasorobles.org)

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