We celebrate the lives of special and ordinary people who have responded to God's invitation to love.
Today and throughout the rest of November we pray for those who have died. Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.
May they rest in peace. Amen.
(Begins 1 December)
Advent means 'coming'. We think of the coming of Jesus when he was born but we also thing of his promise that he would come again at the end of time. It is a time of waiting and preparing. It is only in the last week of Advent that we focus upon the events to be celebrated at Christmas.
This feast marks the first stage of the existence of Mary, the mother of Jesus. She was 'full of grace' from the very beginning and co-operated with God throughout her life.
On this day we begin our celebration of the birth of Christ.