Christmas Eve Services
Advent IV, 10 am, "Merry Mary: Lessons, Carols, & Eucharist"
Christmas Eve Pageant & Eucharist, 4:30 pm
- to participate in the pageant, children must be between 3-10 years old. They should arrive at 4 pm in the Crypt to choose their costume. No practice necessary and all are welcome
Christmas Eve Midnight Mass, 10:30 pm
- this service fills to capacity. Plan to arrive early.
- Christmas music from choir and organ will begin at 10 pm
Feast of Lights
Join us for annual Diocesan Feast of Lights service on Sunday, January 7 beginning at 6 pm. We will have a service of Lessons and Carols with a reflection by Walkwith901 director and St. Mary's youth minister Justin Merrick. A middle and high school youth program will precede in the Crypt at 4 pm. The service will conclude in the parking lot with a fire of burning greens. Bring your Christmas trees to add to the blaze!
Why Liturgical Color Blue for Advent?
The spirit of Advent is one of hopefulness, a looking forward to, a celebratory anticipation of God stirring a renewal of goodness in and around us. With this being the season of waiting for new birth, deep blue has become the liturgical color of Advent. Blue represents optimism, expectation, and heaven. It is the color associated with the Blessed Mother Mary in art and iconography. It expresses calm, tranquility and trust. One recognizes the vibrant blue of a clear, predawn sky an hour or so before the sun rises in the east. Thus we use blue for Advent to shade the season with a hint of eagerness and trust waiting for the dawn of the Light. Advent was originally 40 days long (6 weeks) - just like Lent - and the church use to stress the contrition of penance and fasting during Advent. Traditionally, there was only one week in Advent that one could express joy, and that was the week of lighting the pink candle. Once this week was over, one was expected to return to his/her fasting. The color of Advent was originally purple, mirroring the color symbolized in Lent. Purple indicates royalty. Purple was the most costly dye in ancient times (it came from sea urchins) and was therefore used by kings to indicate their royal status. Purple pointed to Christ as our king - our full-grown king of the Cosmos. In recent time, many in the church felt the color of purple for Advent was confusing the intent of the season. Advent is a time of being pregnant, waiting for the Christ child to be born in a manager, under a star-lit sky. Like Lent, Advent is a time of self-examination and reflection. Yet, the season seems more filled with a pregnant innocence and joy-filled expectation of God's Love stirring a new thing. Advent is a time of preparing room for the emerging freshness of birth and the new day dawning. Deep blue, Mary blue, the color of darkness being illumined.