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DPPL 101: The Blessed Virgin Mary and Advent

The mother of Jesus features prominently in the liturgies of Advent. Also in the popular imagination. 101. The Liturgy frequently celebrates the Blessed Virgin Mary in an exemplary way during the season of Advent(Cf. Paul VI, Marialis Cultus 4). It recalls … Continue reading

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DPPL 100: The Winter Interstice

Maybe there’s a European understanding of “interstice” with which I’m unfamiliar. Pretty sure the CDWDS means “solstice.” But that may be a troublesome term. An interstice is an in-between period, as used here, and suggestive of all of winter. But I … Continue reading

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DPPL 99: Advent Processions

The procession that comes to mind is Las Posadas, which I believe originated in Mexico. 99. In many regions, various kinds of processions are held in Advent, publicly to announce the imminent birth of the Saviour (the “day star” in … Continue reading

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DPPL 98: The Advent Wreath

The most recognizable piece of home piety that has translated to the Advent church is a certain circle of greens with accompanying candles: 98. Placing four candles on green fronds has become a symbol of Advent in many Christian home, … Continue reading

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DPPL 96-97: In Advent

Today’s two sections preface the specifics that follow (98-105) for the season prior to Christmas. First, some definitions: 96. Advent is a time of waiting, conversion and of hope: • waiting-memory of the first, humble coming of the Lord in … Continue reading

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DPPL 95: Sunday

Before launching into Advent, the Church devotes some “ink” to the Eighth Day. First, a reminder that Sunday is primary. Why? Because it is, by definition, a festive observance with Jesus Christ at the root. Each Sunday is an Easter: … Continue reading

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DPPL 94: The Liturgical Year

Chapter Four, the longest of this document, is titled “The Liturgical Year and Popular Piety,” A brief introduction: 94. The liturgical year is the temporal structure within which the Church celebrates the holy mysteries of Christ: “From the Incarnation and … Continue reading

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