HAPPY NEW YEAR!
That might seem a strange greeting this time of year, but for the Church, December 1st, The First Sunday in Advent, is New Year’s Day. It begins what we refer to as the “Liturgical” year and follows the twelve month cycle of our Ordo Kalendar.
As for the Advent season itself, it is one of the shortest, lasting only four weeks. It is easily recognized by the purple or “violet” color of the vestments worn by the priest and symbols such as the Advent wreath that counts down the weeks leading to the Feast of the Nativity.
During Advent we prepare ourselves through prayer, fasting, and penance to welcome our Lord at Bethlehem, but also look to His Second Coming in Glory when He will judge the Quick and the Dead.
This time reminds us to take a step back from the commercial hustle and bustle of the season, and focus on the true reason and miracle: The Word was Made Flesh and Dwelt Among Us (St. John I)