Submitted by Jerry Racioppi on Mon, 11/08/2021 - 8:33am
At Holy Spirit Verona we share in three weeks of "Pre-Advent" -- the three Sundays between All Saints and Advent 1. During this time we encourage you to take an intentional “pause” before the waiting and preparing of Advent. Advent used to be seven weeks, up until the 12th century, and there is a small movement within the Church to return to that (theadventproject.org). Many of the scripture readings and prayers after All Saints give a hint or lean towards Advent, so Father Jerry says... why not just go there!
Yes, we all know Father Jerry loves Advent. We are not bringing forth Christmas early like many retailers do, but rather allowing an intentional time to PAUSE before the all-consuming month of December. These three weeks of Pre-Advent, we hope, will bring forth a level of preparation and space during Advent which will make Christmas that much more meaningful. Our first experieince of Pre-Advent was in 2018, so it's now officially a tradition! We get to see the blue hangings, which are symbolic of the Blessed Mother, for just a few extra weeks. Find some space these next three weeks to do something that will set you up well for the entrance of the Christ-child into our midst yet again. Join us as we prepare to prepare!