Happy new liturgical year, folks. Yesterday was the first Sunday of Advent, and therefore the first day of the new year. In most of the English-speaking world, it was also the first day that the new translation of the Mass was compulsory.
H/T to David of Sentire Cum Ecclesia for the link to Fr Richard Healey’s electronic version of the new Missal. Fr Richard warns that it should still be regarded as a draft text, but some of you may find it useful – I’ve now got it on my (early Christmas present) new Kindle. I do love technology! I’ve also added a Bible, and have worked out how to put Universalis’ Daily Office on there (the subscription installation lets me export to a mobi file one day, one week, or one month at a time). These should help me with part of my Advent commitment – to spend more time in prayer. Penance and almsgivings are the other two parts of our preparation for Christ’s birth, His enthronement in our hearts, and His second coming.
Yesterday, I put up our Advent wreath, and the Christmas crib (just the stable and the animals so far). Getting to the Jesse Tree meant moving several large heavy objects that have accumulated in front of it since the beginning of the year; it’s on my husband’s to-do list, and I hope to put the Jesse Tree up tonight.
The first Jesse Tree story I tell the grandchildren is the story of God, the creator of the universe. The first two chapters of Genesis give us this story from a couple of different angles. I don’t want to get bogged down in the endless debate between literalists and allegorists; to me, the message is simply that God created everything there is; and everything God created is good.