Generally the term advent denotes the introduction of something important. In Christian Religions the Season of Advent refers to the four weeks of preparation before Christmas. It marks the beginning of the liturgical year. This season is rich in symbolism and tradition. The passage of time is marked by Advent Wreaths with four candles and Advent Calenders where each day opens a new window of opportunity. We are awaiting the Birth of Christ and anticipating the return of Christ for the last judgement. This is a reflective time and we create prayerful spaces for calm and peace. Here at Saint Mary of-the-Woods we fashion our Church of the Immaculate Conception interior to engender this Advent ambience using hand made cosmic banners with origami crane mobiles suspended from the gallery and illuminated blue paper sculptures and tree limb accents in the sanctuary. A Peace Prayer focal point created for election day remains displayed near the ambo. This year due to Covid-19 safety concerns entrance to our church is restricted but we do invite you to join us and enter virtually through these images as we pray, Come, Jesus, Come.
– Sister Jody O’Neil, SP