Happy New Year. Its the season to turn our attention to a season of preparation. A time to look beyond bargains, sales, Big Screens and the like, to the Messiah who's appearance who was missed by nearly all. His return WON'T be missed.
So, on this First Sunday in Advent, the Church traditionally prays:
Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
As well, our heart's cry remains, Oh come, oh come Emmanuel...