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St.Laurence O'Toole Catholic Church​​


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Advent Calendar


What is the season of Advent ?

Advent is a time of WAITING. CONVERSION and of HOPE.
Waiting in memory of the first, humble coming of the Lord in our mortal flesh.
Waiting for his final, glorious coming as Lord of History and Universal Judge.
Conversion, to which the liturgy at this time often refers quoting the prophets, especially John the Baptist, "Repent for the kingdom of God is close at hand." (Mt 3:2)
Joyful Hope that the salvation already accomplished by Christ and the reality of grace in the world will mature and reach their fulness, therby granting us what is promised by faith, and "we shall become like Him for we shall see Him as He really is." (Jn 3:2)
When the Church celebrates the liturgy of Advent each year, she makes present this ancient expectancy of the Messiah, for by sharing in the long preparation for the Saviour's first coming, the faithful renew their ardent desire for his second coming.   By celebrating the precursor's birth and martyrdom, the Church unites herself to his desire:  "He must increase, but I must decrease."  (Catechism No.524)

The Advent Wreath

The Circle of the Wreath
God Himself, His eternity and His endless mercy, without beginning, or end.
The Green of the Wreath
Our hope of newness, renewal and eternal life.
The Light of the Candles
The Light of God that came into the world through Christ to bring newness, life and hope.
L​ighting the Candles
The progressive departure of darkness from the world as more and more light is shed through the candles.
T​he four Candles
The four weeks of Advent, representing the four centuries between the time of the Prophet Malachi and the birth of Christ.
Three Coloured (purple) Candles:   A period of waiting, expectation and preparation.
The 1st Candle:   A time of expectation and hope.
The 2nd Candle:   The peace that is to come.
The 3rd Pink (or Rose) Candle for the Third Week:   It symbolizes joy for the promise is almost fulfilled.
The 4th Candle:   The love of God for mankind.
The 5th White Candle:   Called the "Center Candle", it is lit on Christmas Eve or Day to display that the light of Christ has come into the world in fulfillment of the prophecies.