The History of Advent

From THE LITURGICAL YEAR, Book 1, Advent
LORETO PUBLISHING
Dom Guéranger OSB
First Translation: 1867

The name Advent [from the Latin word Adventus, which signifies a coming] is applied, in the Latin Church, to that period of the year, during which the Church requires the faithful to prepare for the celebration of the feast of Christmas, the anniversary of the birth of Jesus Christ. The mystery of that great day had every right to the honour of being prepared for by prayer and works of penance; and, in fact, it is impossible to state, with any certainty, when this season of preparation [which had long been observed before receiving its present name of Advent] was first instituted. It would seem, however, that its observance first began in the west, since it is evident that Advent could not have been looked on as a preparation for the feast of Christmas, until that feast was definitively fixed to the twenty-fifth of December; which was done in the east only towards the close of the fourth century; whereas it is certain that the Church of Rome kept the feast on that day at a much earlier period.

We must look upon Advent in two different lights: first, as a time of preparation, properly so called, for the birth of our Saviour, by works of penance; and secondly, as a series of ecclesiastical Offices drawn up for the same purpose. We find, as far back as the fifth century, the custom of giving exhortations to the people in order to prepare them for the feast of Christmas. We have two sermons of Saint Maximus of Turin on this subject, not to speak of several others which were formerly attributed to St. Ambrose and St. Augustine, but which were probably written by St. Cesarius of ArIes. If these documents do not tell us what was the duration and what the exercises of this holy season, they at least show us how ancient was the practice of distinguishing the time of Advent by special sermons. Saint Ivo of Chartres, St. Bernard, and several other doctors of the eleventh and twelfth centuries, have left us set sermons de Adventu Domini, quite distinct from their Sunday homilies on the Gospels of that season. In the capitularia of Charles the Bald, in 846, the bishops admonish that prince not to call them away from their Churches during Lent or Advent, under pretext of affairs of the State or the necessities of war, seeing that they have special duties to fulfill, and particularly that of preaching during those sacred times.

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A Very Current 60-year-old Message!

Dear Ones,

I received the video below just today from a faithful Catholic who recognizes history repeating itself, even if with more violence than before. Bishop Sheen, as always, is right on and gives light and clarity to the good and bad of human nature.

We are praying for you all, for this crucial election only days away, for the future of our country, and for the salvation of every soul.

Our love and prayers,
Mother Miriam of the Lamb of God, O.S.B.

URGENT MATTER

October 7, 2020 – Feast of the Most Holy Rosary
  
Dear ones,
 
I’ve been up for hours trying to gather sufficient information that will “prove” to the whole world, and especially, the Catholic world, the importance of voting as God’s people in the Presidential Election which is upon us.
 
St. Peter wrote to the first Christians who were scattered through persecution:

“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, that you may declare the wonderful deeds of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.” (1 Peter 2:9)
 
What can I do but beg  you to be what God, through His infinite sacrifice for us, called us to be: a people who bear witness, without compromise, to the “wonderful deeds of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.” If we, as members of Christ’s Body, vote for anyone in the Democratic party, including, of course, the Presidential candidate, we are casting a vote that will plunge us back into darkness, to evil, to the destruction of the family and of our own souls.
 
We are distributing, with permission, the attached Voter’s Guide, published initially by Catholic Answers. If you would like any number of additional copies, call us at 918-576-7607 and we will get them in the mail to you at no cost. Time is of the essence. 
 

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Our love, prayers, and thanksgiving for your participation in the Gospel– the only hope for a lost and hurting world.

 Mother Miriam of the Lamb of God, O.S.B.

The Pure and Costly Truth

Beloved, I don’t know that I’ve heard a better sermon in the 25 years that I’ve been a Catholic. 

God bless you all as you follow, without compromise, the One who gave His all for us,

Mother Miriam of the Lamb of God, O.S.B.

Feast of the Nativity of the Mother of Israel’s Hope!

What a most holy and special day is today: the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin, the Mother of the Hope of Israel, the long-awaited Messiah. 

In addition, it is the 12th year of our founding (at the invitation of His Eminence, Cardinal Raymond Burke), and the 9th Anniversary of our becoming a Public Association of the Faithful, the first step in the canonical process of a religious community. 

We watched the video below and did not want to not send it to you. God bless you and your families on this glorious day. Now, more than ever, we need recourse to the Mother of the Savior Who gave His all – and continues to give His all – for us.

God’s blessings be upon you, your families, and your homes,

Mother Miriam of the Lamb of God, O.S.B.

For such a Time as This

Beloved Family,

I have been waiting to send you this most glorious Consecration to St. Joseph by Father Donald Calloway, MIC. If you are anything like me, you might have a few questions about this Consecration: Why is it “for such a time as this”? What if I have already consecrated myself to the Blessed Mother, or to Jesus through Mary? What about other forms and commitments to prayer? And what if I hardly know St. Joseph?

Not to worry. All these questions and more are answered in Father Calloway’s description below and further in the book. I urge you to read Father’s note below through to the end, and then, if you wish to get started and could use a bit of help in purchasing the book, Father Calloway has generously donated 80 books to us for whomever asks! Simply email us with your address and we’ll get them in the mail to you as long as our supply lasts. Of course, you can always go to Father’s website at: www.consecrationtostjoseph.org.

God bless you. It is no secret that we are in the fight of our lives – for freedom of religion, for the restoration of the orthodox teaching of our Holy Catholic Church, for the family, for the return of fallen-away Catholics and for the millions of souls who are without God and without hope.

Here, then, is Father’s Calloway’s message. It is ‘gold’ and, I believe, exactly what Our Blessed Mother has ordered!

Our love, prayers, and gratitude to Father Calloway,

Mother Miriam of the Lamb of God, O.S.B.


Consecration to St. Joseph

Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC

 “I did not understand St. Joseph well enough, but that will change.”
— St. John of the Cross

In the 16th century, St. John of the Cross humbly acknowledged that he lacked a proper understanding of the greatness of St. Joseph. Inspired by the tremendous love that his friend, St. Teresa of Avila, had for St. Joseph, St. John of the Cross made a firm resolution to get to know and love St. Joseph better.

What about you? Do you know St. Joseph? Do you feel you understand his greatness and love for you?

Saint José Manyanet, a priest in 19th-century Spain, fervently promoted devotion to St. Joseph and the Holy Family. He prophesied that a “time of St. Joseph” would soon arrive in the life of the Church. He wrote:

I believe that the true time of Saint Joseph has not arrived yet: after two thousand years we started only now to glimpse something of the mystery in which he is immersed.

Well, my friends, I firmly believe that in our day the Lord wants to direct our hearts, families, parishes, dioceses, and Church to St. Joseph in a major way. In 1961, St. Pope John XXIII made a profound statement about St. Joseph. He wrote:

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