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Beginning Advent with the Pope

pope1 What better way to begin Advent than with the Holy Father? On Saturday November 28th, the sisters in Rome went with a group of girls to the Basilica of St. Peter's to celebrate the First Vespers of Advent with Pope Benedict. The Servant Brothers also attended the ceremony with a group of boys.

pope2The Holy Father reminded us that Advent is a very special time, in which we await the coming of the Lord.

A "time of expectation and hope", a time which "invites us to pause in silence to understand Christ's presence", to "contemplate the Lord who is present." And encouraged us to live this Advent intensely, taking advantage of this opportunity "to awaken a real sense of expectation in us, to return our heart to the center of our faith, which is the mystery of Christ, the Messiah awaited for centuries, who was born in the poverty of Bethlehem. "

pope3At the end, the Pope gave us the Blessed Virgin Mary as an example of hope and joy: "Mary is the model of this deep joy, through whom we have been given the Baby Jesus. May she, faithful disciple of her Son, obtain for us the grace to be vigilant in this liturgical time."{jcomments on}

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