Your Sunday Sermon Notes: 1st Sunday of Advent – 2022

Too many people today are without good, strong preaching, to the detriment of all. Share the good stuff.

Was there a GOOD point made in the sermon you heard at your Mass of obligation for the 1st Sunday of Advent – 2022?

Tell about attendance especially for the Traditional Latin Mass.  I hear that it is growing.  Of COURSE.

Any local changes or (hopefully good) news?

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  1. Leo Mio says:

    Attended a TLM home mass this morning- what a way to start the new year. The homily was about giving Advent its due as a season and not to let the world dictate how and when you celebrate (or not) Advent and Christmas.

  2. Charivari Rob says:

    Solid “wake up!” to the here and now, this season of anticipation, and not jumping ahead to Christmas.
    Analogy of Father’s Thanksgiving dinner with family out at a restaurant this year – looking around restaurant at many people with faces down in their phones, trying to live some other time or place than the here and now.
    Also, brief remarks on vestments and colors (Advent/Lent) and joined congregation for Angelus before Mass.

  3. diaconus_in_urbe says:

    The sermon at Mass (no longer a TLM, due to episcopal decree) hit pretty hard with a call for Advent fasting (yes, you heard that right – fasting and abstinence). What’s the point of violet (i.e. penitential) vestments if there are no common acts of penance actually going on?

    It feels like the 1917 CIC’s dropping of Advent penitential fasting was the first major, internal blow to the spiritual vitality of the Church in the 20th Century. The fact that the deacon and subdeacon were still using the ‘really, really old’ pre-dalmatic, (folded) chasuble vestiture (with the consequent ‘broad stole’ or ‘rolled chasuble’) during Advent should have been a warning of just how old of a season we were dealing with. It was no doubt damaging to discard something as essential to Advent as its penitential practices.

    It occurs to me, too, that men who were bishops during the 1950’s and 1960’s would have been alive to see this kind of monumental change to Advent happen when they were kids. Additionally, bishops who grew up in those days did so under the discipline of shell-shocked ex-military dads from one world war or the other and probably had a strong desire to remove penitential practices (as life generally seemed harsh enough already). It would explain why the ‘mercy’ aspects of the Gospel have been over-emphasized to the point of almost entirely excluding the concepts of punishment and justice.

  4. Shonkin says:

    Our pastor also spent a minute or three reminding us that Advent is a penitential season — not as severe as Lent, as the word Alleluia is still used — but still with violet vestments. The rest of his sermon, though was to teach us about the Lectio Divina and its four steps, as set forth by St. Origen, St. Benedict, and later teachers.
    In the handful of years our pastor has been with us, I have learned more about the Scriptures, the Church Fathers, and the connection between Jewish Tradition and our Church’s Tradition that in my previous 70 years. The man is a treasure.

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