Advent is a time of expectation, of hopeful waiting for the Savior. It not only reminds us of the Incarnation–when the long-expectant Messiah, Jesus Christ, came in human flesh, but points towards a future time when Christ will come again. The very word Advent means “coming,” and reminds us to keep ready for Christ’s return. Who better anticipates this expectant waiting than the Blessed Mother herself? She didn’t just anticipate Christ’s coming in spirit, but lived it in her very flesh. Her pregnant body is a living icon—reminding herself and us all of the One who is to come. Her quiet contemplative spirit gazes inward toward the Child and helps direct our own eyes towards Jesus, the one who comes to save us.
In a time when the world seems busier than ever with the hustle and bustle of Christmas preparations, Mary redirects our focus back to the real meaning of Christmas—hopeful expectation of Salvation come incarnate through Jesus Christ. Mary always points the way to her Son. The four Marian dogmas as declared by the Church do the same.
Come learn about God’s special gift of our Blessed Mother to the Church and how she is the model of discipleship and how our own growth in knowledge and love of Our Lady serves to deepen our love and devotion to God Himself.
Join us on the Tuesdays of Advent as Fr. John explains the four Marian dogmas declared by the Church and how they serve to increase our own devotion to Jesus through Mary.
Beginning with Mass in church at 5pm, the talks will immediately follow…
Nov. 30: Perpetual Virginity
Dec. 7: Immaculate Conception
Dec. 14: Assumption into heaven
Dec. 21: Mother of God