RESPONSORIAL PSALM: Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.
TODAY’S MASS INTENTION: William & Gizella Balogh, by Barbara Comiskey
MASS SCHEDULE & INTENTIONS FOR THE COMING WEEK:
|December||3||Saturday||No Traditional Latin Mass|
|December||4||Sunday||9:15 AM||Deceased Members of the Mosoni Family, by the Family of Imre Karetka|
FROM THE DESK OF FR. BONA: The readings from the early part of the season of Advent remind us that Jesus Christ will return in glory to the earth. We do not know when He will return, but Jesus promised us that He would return in glory, “as light comes from the east.” It is in fulfillment of the prophecy of Malachi who spoke of the Lord’s coming as “rising sun of justice” (3:20).
It has been nearly two thousand years now since Jesus ascended into heaven. It has become easier to forget that he will come again to earth. It has become easier to forget that we must be waiting, we must be watching, and we must be ready. That is why the season of Advent reminds us and trains us to be prepared for Christ’s coming. We hear in today’s gospel: “Stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come.”
The Mass is rich with symbolism. For example, the vestments of the priest remind us of the dignity of Christ the King. We strike our breasts, and bow our heads, and bend our knees to remember our sinfulness, God’s mercy, and his glory.
Since ancient times, Christians have faced the east during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass to remember to keep watch for Christ. Together, the priest and the people faced the east, waiting and watching for Christ. Even in Churches that did not face the east, the priest and people stood together in the Mass, gazing at Christ on the crucifix, on the altar, and in the tabernacle, to recall the importance of watching for his return. The symbolism of the priest and people facing ad orientem—to the east—is an ancient reminder of the coming of Christ.
Especially during Advent, as we await the coming of the Lord, facing the east together—even symbolically facing Christ together at the altar and on the crucifix—is a powerful witness to Christ’s imminent return. Today, at a time when it is easy to forget that Christ is coming—and easy to be complacent in our spiritual lives and in the work of evangelization—we need reminders that Christ will come. Therefore, especially during the Season of Advent (perhaps including the Mass at Christmas as well), I will celebrate the Masses ad orientem. We will be facing together God. In the ad orientem posture at Mass, the priest is not facing away from the people. He is with them—among them, and leading them—facing Christ, and waiting for His return (Bp. James D. Conley, Bishop of the Diocese of Lincoln, Nebraska, Looking to the East, November 21, 2014; modified).
IMPORTANT PARISH MEETING (December 11): Please, mark you calendars for December 11. After the 9:15AM Mass I would like to have a parish meeting to provide important information about our parish.
AWAY: This coming week I will be away on a retreat. Every year priests are obliged to attend/participate in a retreat, as it is one of the time-tested tools to help grow in further spiritual life (cf. c. 276). I will celebrate the Monday 9AM Mass at St. Emeric, but for the next three days of the week there will be no daily Mass. I will keep you in my prayers and I will be back for the Friday morning Mass at St. Emeric.
SUNDAY COLLECTION FIGURES: Sunday Collection and donation figures will be published in the future. THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY in supporting our parish. Thank you for sending in your offertory donation through the mail, or through the PayPal option found on the website: https://www.stelizabethcleveland.org/donations/
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK, especially, Kathy Szabó, Kamilla Szabó, Anna Melega, Dorothy Fromhercz, and Alex Szaday.
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE DECEASED: Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord; and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen
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