Deacon Keith Fournier © Third Millennium, LLC Catholic Online We recently celebrated the "end" of the liturgical Church year in the Western Church with the Feast of Christ the King.
It is a triumphant Feast of expectation wherein the faithful are invited to examine our lives in light of the coming return of Jesus Christ.
The eternal entered into history and it, and we, are forever changed through His coming. Beginning the liturgical year on the first Sunday of Advent has not always been the custom.
Human history reveals an inability to even agree on the beginning of a civil year.
These customs, if understood and properly embraced, can help to form a framework for our daily life that can help to bring faith to life.
The celebration of Advent has become a significant part of the pattern of faith, culture and worship that is Catholic Christianity.
The "liturgical air" will soon be filled with the beautiful "O Antiphons", which are taken from the Old Testament Hebrew Scriptures, in the Prophetic and Wisdom Books.
This kind of profound experience of, and belief in, the Resurrection, was at the heart of the early Church's life, witness and worship.
It must also be the hallmark of our own participation in the Liturgical year. In a western culture where the influences of Christian traditions are waning, many ask why?
They will be sung as a part of the formal "Liturgy of the Hours" beginning seven days before the Vigil of Christmas.
These short prayers in the "Liturgy of the Hours", or Breviary, which all clergy, most religious orders, and an increasing numbers of lay men and women use as the structure for daily prayer throughout the western Catholic world, are a part of the treasury that is Catholic life and piety.