By WILLIAM J. KELLY
Christians begin to celebrate the Christmas season with Advent. The word Advent is translated from the old Latin word adventus, which means the “coming.” The nativity celebration begins four Sundays before Dec. 25, and is known as Advent, the coming of Jesus Christ. Christians prepare themselves to be worthy of the coming of Jesus Christ. Are you one who prepares for Christ’s birthday? What do you think?
Many people now either buy or make their own Advent wreaths. The wreath is made of a circle of pine and four candles. The first candle is purple and represents hope. The second is purple and represents the preparation. The third is pink and is the candle of joy, and the fourth is purple and represents love. This is a way for the family to pray together about the coming. What do you think?
The Virgin Mary
Mary’s mother was St. Anne of the Jewish House of David. Mary was an Israelite Jew of Nazareth in Galilee and her husband was Joseph. While they were betrothed she became pregnant by the Holy Ghost (Spirit). Joseph, when he learned of this, decided that he would follow the Jewish law about this, but do it privately. When an angel appeared to him in a dream and told him that he should marry Mary, whose womb was carrying the messiah by the Holy Ghost, and he would be the foster father of Jesus the son of God, he decided to do so. Mary is known by many names, some of which are St. Mary, the Virgin Mary and the Mother of God, since Jesus is God. St. Joseph, a Roman, was born in Bethlehem in 90 BC. He died in 18 AD. I know of no birth or death date for Mary. It is believed that she was 15 or 16 when she conceived. Most Jewish rites do not believe Jesus is the son of God. What do you believe?