It is on the night of the 24th, Dec. at (the Misa de Gallo) La Vigilia de la Natividad de Nuestro Señor (or is it Easter Vigil), that words spoken at our Baptism are reaffirmed by us with a certain- I do!"Do you reject Satan? I do! And all his works? I do! And all his empty promises? I do! Do you believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth? I do! Do you believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was born of the Virgin Mary was crucified, died, and was buried, rose from the dead, and is now seated at the right hand of the Father? I do! Do you believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting? I do! God, the all-powerful Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, has given us a new birth by water and the Holy Spirit, and forgiven all our sins. May he also keep us faithful to our Lord Jesus Christ for ever and ever. Amen." [It's a good time to resolve to evolve elder generations as to not two timing God with "ancestral, cultural" gods.] Beginning at about the third week in Advent, the focus shifts from the condition of the soul to who is coming to it, Advent coming from the word venir. Lo que viene para dentro de nuestro corazon. In el Viejo San Juan, parishes take turns celebrating the 5:30 am Misas de Aguinaldo, “as praisers went before the army for the victory, in the old testament”nv. All this stirring is reminiscent of St. Nicholas di Bari, actual person, feast day Dec. 6, noted for generosity. A model of generosity, a canonized saint, nevertheless; however, the closest to solemnely sharing in the Season at Masses with non observants of catholicism could possibly be the Feast of the Holy Family (Dec. 30); though all four weeks in Advent is akin to transverses all souls travel. Like the big chunk of the Old Testament while the New Testament weighs less. About the third week in December local Parishes, universally, place Poinsettas. Lighting beckons wonder from young and old alike, still. The Nativity scene is set up with an empty crèche (pesebre) till the 24th, vigil (atardecer). O presence, O tenderness, O purity... until the end of the Vigil (atardecer) Nativity Mass as Divine Infancy is approached- O happy sight. Christmas spirit extends from the third week in December. Parrandas are in recreation of the Holy Family (Dec. 30) going from place to place. However, in parrandas people get provided for with food, light refreshments, festivities and accompaniment on to the next place where there's more; because we've been alumbrado. After the 25th there is the Octavitas. Each of all the eight days after Christ mas is Solemne; more so than the tridium. Allowing oneself to receive, spiritually; not for one but for eight days can be more difficult than giving. Though usually it's the Advent readings which draw more focus, Christ mas Season with it's time of infilling and sharing has it's own spiritual teachings reflected in daily readings, Liturgy of the Eucharist (prayers prayed at the Altar), Christian Prayer book, lyrics in Gia hymn book. Right after Christ mas day is the feast of St. Stephen (Dec. 26), who "looked up and saw heaven". The next day is the feast of John the Apostle (Dec. 27) who alludes to eternity in his Gospel. The following day is to that which was sacrificed from which God brought forth even more Glory, Los Santos Innocentes (Dec. 28). That's how Church calendar begins right after Christmas, with a felt sense of eternity. (Easter, Resurrection is the pinnacle of the year in The Church, it's much much more and the same Love )The New Year (Jan. 1) on the Catholic calendar is dedicated to "the one que estaba esperando who is now La Madre de Dios encarnado, la Madre de Dios". It is a day of obligation in The Church, even under the circumstances. It is the spiritual observance of fullness. For there may be a beginning sense of fullness once we begin to glance eternity. Fullness deemed important enough to come in to give thanks for. Jan. 1 is also the day designated as World Peace Day. Around this date La Catedral de San Juan Bautista celebrates World Peace Day Holy Mass to which politicians from both sides attend, together. Afterwards doves are released to flight. On Epiphany (Jan. 8) children leave pasture and water under beds for the Magi, The Three Kings, who caught onto The Epiphany or alumbramiento de la grandeza de lo que se habia recibido en Cristo; and did what it took to get to Him. "Porque el que lo busca con todo su corazon lo encuentra"nv. The pasture and water are in exchange for gifts as we give to each other, in memory of Cristo. Both the wise and generous, at the time, were notified, as were those who were close with the earth and humbleness, at the time. Christ mas runs from the 24th till the Baptism of the Lord (January 9). Porque la cosa no es solamente tenerlo sino Bautizarlo. Epiphany extends from Jan. 8 through Feb. 2. Final but not least Feast during Epiphany, The Presentation of the Lord in the temple (February 2). The day of the purification of the bearer of God and the presentation, meeting, union with the Lord; also known as candlemas, candelaria, for He is the light of the world. Symbolically candles are brought to church for blessing. What is this that occurs after Baptism. “Now doth thou release thy servant”, said Simeon. No invitation necessary. Come as you are. it may be meaningful to reverence in Advent, Christ mas, Epiphany season til Feb. 2, till consummation. Advent/Christ mas/Epiphany—one of the seasons [the other Lent/Easter/Pentecost (harvest/reap)] in the catholic, universal, Church begun in the Upper Room 2000 years ago guided by The Holy Spirit, guided by The Holy Spirit; since one of the twelve apostles, James, in Spain; in America 500 years, in the United States, 500 years, (Cathedral of St. Augustine). The mysteries are recounted in the school of Mary, the Holy Rosary as the first Joyful Mystery recounts the Angel approached the Virgin Mary when she was in prayer. The Birth of Christ falls under these Joyful Mysteries, the third, because despues de todo lo que pasaron alli, the Virgen Mary and St. Joseph, "patron of interior life"jh, nacio JesuCristo--lejos de lo familiar, cerca de la naturaleza, sin embelecos. In the fifth of the Joyful Mysteries the child Jesus lost then found sitting among the Doctors of the Church listening and asking questions. It is retold that when found he replied "did you not know I would be in my Father's house". May we be found in our Father's house each time we get lost. Luminous Mysteries begin with Baptism “Father+Son+HolySpirit”... ...Beloved...There are teachings in the Mysteries of the Holy Rosary. Last year it was requested by the Pope that Advent be begun with a vigil for nascent life, first. "If we live the seasons out fully they can be powerful"ap. After Advent/Christ mas/Epiphany "Ordinary time" resumes or maybe not so ordinary for illumination was perceived, prayer incorporated, perseverance taken up.
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