• JSusan
    December 3, 2012 Reply

    I have another suggestion to add to your practical and helpful list. Watch the Advent series of programs hosted by Cardinal Dolan on EWTN on Sunday evenings. I watched last night and was enlightened by your words. Thank you for sharing your insights with the EWTN audience. I really enjoyed your presentation. You spoke right to my heart!

  • Charles J Murphy
    December 3, 2012 Reply

    Sixteen exclamation marks!

  • Mary Ellen Werner
    December 4, 2012 Reply

    Thank you for t his article. I enjoyed it and I will embrace it!

  • Michael
    December 4, 2012 Reply

    I find the Church herself very helpful in living Advent. For about 3 years now I have followed the liturgy of the hours, praying morning prayer, evening prayer and night prayer each day. With advent, the prayer of the Church changes radicallly. For example, the reading this evening is from Philippians and begins: “We eagerly await the coming of the Savior…”.

    Yes, the world around me is in large part following a different schedule and trying to create it’s own mood. But, after 3 years of working hard to follow the liturgy of the hours, I am less influenced by the premature sights and sounds of Christmas than by the prayer of the Church.

  • Steve
    December 4, 2012 Reply

    Several years ago we began Advent by setting up our tree, putting on white, purple and multicolored light strands. During Advent we only light up the white and purple lights and decorate the tree with purple Advent ornaments. Christmas Eve we unplug the purple and light up the colored lights and strip the Advent ornaments off, put up the Christmas ones, usually all of the family favorites. It has always been a real conversation starter, especially for our Protestant friends who cannot seem to fathom it until we explain. We have also expanded one of our advent wreaths so that in the center we have a statue of a very pregnant Mary being led on a donkey by Joseph!

  • Blake Helgoth
    December 4, 2012 Reply

    We put up our tree on the 1st Sunday of Advent, but we decorate it with puprle lights, purple ribbons and purple ornaments. then, each day we put up a Jesse Tree Ornament and read the Scripture that goes with it. A great way to make an Advent home!

  • Kathy
    December 5, 2012 Reply

    A couple more suggestions: Because we have very active and curious cats we can’t have burning candles. So, we put up the tree the first Sunday in Advent but decorate it in purple and then rose on the 3rd Sunday. On Christmas Eve we remove those decorations and decorate for the Christmas Season. Since the introduction of battery candles, we can also have a wreath on our dining table. At each meal we turn on the candles according to which week in Advent we are celebrating. This way there’s no danger of fire, and we can enjoy having the Advent wreath.

  • Rev. Ambiorix Rodriguez
    December 5, 2012 Reply

    Very well done!

  • Fr. Bob
    December 6, 2012 Reply

    Well done, Cardinal Dolan!
    I said some of the same things this past weekend.
    May God send you His Spirit of courage to always proclaim the Gospel!

  • Steven Surrey
    December 6, 2012 Reply

    I love these ideas. I would even love some encouragement from the bench 😉 to return to some Advent penance.

  • Jon
    December 7, 2012 Reply

    Your Eminence,

    Excellent suggestions. I belong to an FSSP parish. As you might guess, we have plenty of folks who long for a time when Christmas began, well, on Christmas. I sympathize, as I’m fifty, and remember such a time. However, my feeling is that this is the only time of year when our Lord’s Name, much less His very existence, is publicly acknowledged, even if it is in some quarters under assault. It’s the only time of the year when the Good News of God become man is always in the air, and not merely tolerated, but celebrated. Should in the process we lose some of the unique nature of Advent, I think we can put up with it. If in just a single instance a flicker of memory at “O Little Town” brings a nostalgic soul to the Sacrament of Penance, or back to Holy Mass, that Thanksgiving tree will have been well worth the price.

  • Fr. John Comerford, O. Carm.
    December 8, 2012 Reply

    Don’t forget the use of the “O” Antiphons the week before Christmaa. The Church hollers for days: Come, Lord jesus with every title calling out. the hidden response of Jesus when you read the Latin titles backwards on Dec. 24th is: ERO CRAS: ” I’ll be there in the morning!!!!”


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