If you follow the liturgical calendar, you may know that with the season of Advent we begin a new cycle of readings—readings that enhance our prayer at Liturgy of the Hours and Eucharist in the monastery. I have learned over the past 38 years in my monastic life to appreciate this sacred season of Advent which prepares me for the birth of Jesus. Through the singing and praying of special Advent-themed antiphons, readings, and hymns at Liturgy of the Hours and Eucharist, the texts speak to me saying, “The Lord coming.”
For me, it is a season of hope. It gives me hope to see the flame of an Advent candle on the wreath; it seems to be brighter because of the earlier darkness experienced at this time of year. I sense a comfortable peacefulness coming from the little flicker of light. The little flicker lights up the room where we have placed our Advent wreath for all to see on their way to chapel. During this time of year, when the sun is setting earlier and the days are getting darker earlier, I experience an inner calmness within myself. Here in my heart, I prepare myself to welcome the birth of Jesus with hope and love.
If you would like more information about our common journey, please contact Sister Lisa Rose at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lisa Rose, OSB
Photo: Lighting the first candle of Advent, taken by Sister Nina Lasceski