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December: Intercultural Month of Feast days. Celebrating the Life Cycle of the Church. Advent Begins December 1, 2013. The Four Weeks Before Christmas

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December intercultural month of feast days

December: Intercultural Month of Feast days

Celebrating the Life Cycle of the Church

Advent begins december 1 2013
Advent Begins December 1, 2013

  • The Four Weeks Before Christmas

  • A Time of Remembrance, God’s people are waiting for the Messiah’s Birth.

  • The European tradition of the Advent Wreath:

    • Each week a candle is lit, signifying that the world is awaiting the first coming of the Messiah and his second coming to judge the living and the dead.

    • The purple candles symbolize a time of preparation with prayer, penance and charity (good works). The pink candle signifies the joy before the upcoming birth.

Novena before the feast of our lady of guadalupe begins dec 3
Novena before the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe begins Dec 3

  • A Mexican Cultural Tradition

  • Nine days of prayer and devotion before the feast of Our lady of Guadalupe

  • Our Lady of Guadalupe is celebrated as … Patroness of the Americas

St nicholas day december 6
St. Nicholas Day ~ December 6 3

  • Known as the Patron of Children

  • The original personbehindthe figure of Santa Claus

  • St. Nicholas was a Bishop who shared freely with those impoverished and in need.

  • Our Christmas gift-giving is based on this example

  • We remember him for his generosity and selflessness.

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Immaculate conception december 8 this year celebrated on december 9
Immaculate Conception, 3December 8 This year celebrated on December 9

  • We Celebrate Mary who herself was conceived without sin, so that she could be a worthy Mother of God the Son.

  • This belief was held for many hundreds of years until it became officially proclaimed and given a feast day in 1854 by Pius IX.

  • She is the patroness of the United States.

Bartolomé Estaban Murillo 1665

San juan diego dec 9 optional memorial is omitted this year
San Juan Diego ~ Dec. 39optional memorial is omitted this year

  • Born in Cuauhtitlan , Mexico in 1474

  • He was an Indian man of the lowest caste of slaves.

  • The Blessed Virgin chooses him to carry her message to the Bishop and then to the native peoples.

  • God, uses Mary and Juan to evangelize all the people of Mexico.

However the year 2013 is an exception to the norm
However, The 3Year 2013 is an Exception to the Norm

Since December 8, 2013, is the Second Sunday of Advent, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary is transferred to Monday, December 9, 2013. The obligation to attend Mass, however, does not transfer. The Optional Memorial of Saint Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin, December 9, is omitted this year.

Feast day of our lady of guadalupe december 12
Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, December 12 3

  • After a generation the Spanish missionaries had little success in converting the Indian people

  • But in 1531 miracles began to happen in Tepeyac close to Mexico City.

  • Mary began to visit with Juan Diego. His uncle was cured; roses appeared when he opened his tilma in front of the Bishop; and the image of Mary appeared on his cloak!

  • Within a short time, six million Native Mexicans had themselves baptized as Christians.

Posadas december 16 24
Posadas December 16-24

  • Celebrated for over 400 years in Mexico this is a beautiful Christmas custom!

  • The Word Posadas translates to “Resting Place” or “Inn”

  • It is a recreation of Mary and Joseph trying to find shelter in an inn. They go from house to house in the neighborhood as pilgrims.

  • Two are chosen as Mary and Joseph. They sing as the door is answered. This convinces the innkeeper, (acted out by the family inside) to let them in. As the community enters the house, everyone shares food and drink. This celebration includes carols and the Word of God.

  • It gives families and neighbors a chance to remember the story and to gather to celebrate Christ’s birth.

Christmas day december 25
Christmas Day ~ December 25 December 16-24

We celebrate the Birthday of Jesus, Son of God. He became man to save us. This is a time of great thanksgiving to Our Lord and joy!