The Joy and Promise of a New Liturgical Year

It is always a significant and special moment when I come to the final prayers in the liturgical year, close the fourth volume of the Liturgy of the Hours and pick up the first volume to celebrate Advent and Christmastide! I always reflect for a few moments on the year that has passed. For me, this involved the loss of a job and a significant portion of my income, but then the provision of God in the form of a new job (thanks be to God!). I have learned to depend more fully on God during a year that brought financial challenges, health difficulties, and other sorrows common to the human condition.

I could not have anticipated all that was going to happen in the year ahead, when I closed volume four of the LOTH just before last Advent. And, of course, I cannot imagine what lies in store for me during this new liturgical year. But I go forward in faith, looking to the hills whence cometh my help (Psalm 121:1), knowing that He will guard my comings and goings (Psalm 121:8) during this new liturgical year.

I have been looking forward all week to watching the EWTN broadcast of the Vespers for the start of Advent from the Vatican. It will be starting soon and I can’t wait!

I am particularly thankful for having found the Catholic Answers Forum. I stumbled across it quite by accident recently, and it has been such a tremendous blessing!

I wish all of you a joyous and blessed Advent and Christmas Season!

Thank you for sharing this. Miss Linda.

Advent can be such a beautiful and spiritually fruitful time of the year if we can just rise above the distracting commercialism and bustle of the season. May we all remember to prepare our hearts in the weeks before the blessed Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord and are thus all the more prepared to meet him when he comes to us, first as the Holy Infant in Bethlehem, and every day for the rest of our lives until, by the grace of God, we see him in glory.

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