This month marks the beginning of the church year, one that starts with the season of Advent, a time of looking forward, a time of anticipating, and culminating on Christmas Eve, the nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, or Christmas.
Advent is a short season, just a month of four Sundays. Coming into St. John Baptist Church, you will see a wreath or circle of four candles. Each candle is lit in turn as we move through the season.
Here are the themes of the Sundays of Advent.
Advent One December 2 Cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light.
Advent Two December 9 John the Baptist’s cry: Prepare ye the way of the Lord
Advent Three December 16 John the Baptist’s promise: Make His paths straight
Advent Four December 23 Mary’s obedience
December is certainly a busy month at St. John Baptist church. Elsewhere in this web page you will find descriptions of these many opportunities for worship, prayer, meditation, and quiet expectation.
Come quickly, Lord Jesus. Your people await you with joy.
Holy Days in November include:
St. Thomas the Apostle, December 21.
Christmas Eve, December 24. Note carefully the schedule of services described elsewhere in this web page.
St. Stephen, Deacon and Martyr. December 26
St. John the Evangelist. December 27
The Holy Innocents, December 28
In addition to Sunday worship, consider adding our weekday gatherings about the altar in the Lady Chapel (behind the main altar at the east end of the church). Here, we remember the saints of history at morning prayer on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 9 a.m., and at a said service of Holy Eucharist on Tuesdays at 9:20 a.m. The main door to the church is usually open on weekday mornings. You are welcome to enter by that door when open.