The following was first published in the Dec. 2 issue of The Record, the newspaper of the Archdiocese of Louisville, Kentucky. It was written by Marnie McAllister, editor. Dachau, one of the Nazis’ notorious concentration camps, sits in the Bavarian countryside beside the town of Dachau. Less than an hour by car from Munich, Dachau’s […]
It is not mysterious at all that the church lodges an annual day of joy in the heart of Advent. The tone of this December day, called Gaudete Sunday, is set by the coming joyful days of Christmas, which the Advent season awaits.
The following is an edited version of an interview with Adam English, author of the book, “The Saint Who Would Be Santa Claus: The True Life and Trials of Nicholas of Myra.” The interview, conducted by editor Joe Towalski, first appeared in The Visitor in December 2012. The feast of St. Nicholas is Dec. 6. […]
AMMAN, Jordan (CNS) — Although there are different versions of the story of St. Barbara, Christians in the Middle East and Central Europe still celebrate the early Christian martyr each Dec. 4. To celebrate St. Barbara’s Day, known as “Eid il-Burbara,” Christians in Jordan, Syria and Lebanon prepare and share a dessert made from boiled […]
By Kelly Bothum In an age where we can get just about everything we desire in an instant, Advent is wonderfully old-school. It’s four weeks of pressing pause, which is not like hitting the snooze button. Instead, it’s a chance to re-engage with those we love and joyfully prepare for the Christmas season. It’s taking […]
Since its fourth-century origins in Western Europe, the season of Advent has undergone various configurations, purposes and focuses depending on who was celebrating it, where, how and why.
Q: In preparing to read the Scripture readings at the coming Sunday Masses, I noticed that the readings for the last Sundays of Ordinary Time and the First Sunday of Advent all highlight the final, glorious coming of Christ. Why is that? Also, why is Advent the beginning of the liturgical year? Thank you. A: […]