It’s not Pink, It’s Rose!
This is the frequent appeal made by priests on the two Sundays a year we have the option to don in rose colored vestments for the Sacred Liturgy. While not a color associated with virility or masculinity, Rose is a color that signifies to us, joy. As Dr. Peter Kreeft, from Boston College states:
“Joy is more than happiness, just as happiness is more than pleasure. Pleasure is in the body. Happiness is in the mind and feelings. Joy is deep in the heart, the spirit, the center of the self.” Joy is essential to the life of a Christian. It is been penned as the infallible sign of God’s presence. Today, as the violet of advent begins to fade to the white of Christmas festivities let’s pray for more, than holiday cheer. Let us ask for true Christmas Joy, that set free from sin, we can truly rejoice at the coming of our savior!
Advent Prayer of Gratitude
My Lord Jesus, I love You and thank You with profound gratitude for uniting Yourself with fallen humanity. When You first entered into this world, You remained hidden for nine months in the immaculate womb of Your Blessed Mother. She carried You, body and blood, soul and divinity, within the sanctuary of her body. She also carried You within her heart as a result of her perfect love for You and her perfect obedience to the will of the Father.
Precious Lord, as I embrace this Advent Season, please open my eyes to see the great value and blessing of Your Incarnation. Help me to discover Your hidden presence in this world and within my own soul. I desire to see, understand and experience the profound effects that Your Incarnation has on my life and I desire to receive those effects more fully this Advent. May I become a sanctuary in which You dwell so that I, like Your dear Mother, may bring Your presence into the world.
My loving Jesus, I choose You, this Advent, as my King and my God. I abandon myself to You and seek to put all my trust in Your tender care. Draw me close to You and free me from my sin so that I may love You with a pure and holy heart.
Mother Mary, as You carried your dear Son in your immaculate womb, you also carried Him in your heart. Pray for me, this Advent, that I may surrender myself to the will of the Father in imitation of you. You said “Yes” to all that God asked of you and never hesitated to fully embrace His divine will. Pray that I may imitate your perfect example so as to share a deeper union with you and your divine Son.
Come, Lord Jesus, Come, Lord Jesus, Come, Lord Jesus! Amen.