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December 6

 

Saturday of the First Week of Advent

  • On his feast day, read the story of St. Nicholas, who is not only the original "Santa Claus," but also the patron of brides and children. Say a family prayer for engaged couples or children you know.

  • It is important to remember that Nicholas of Myra is also the patron of young families, as tradition holds that he helped to save three young women (perhaps teens, perhaps young adults) from a life of prostitution – and allowed them to have happy, holy marriages.  This would be a good day to encourage people to pray for young adults discerning marriage – including dating and engaged couples, as well as young married couples in the first years of marriage, when societal and economic concerns can sometimes overwhelm and extinguish a growing relationship.

  • Keeping the focus on Advent and not the coming joys (and toys!) of Christmas can be a struggle for parents.  Read about one family who found a way to make Advent truly a time of preparation and contemplation.


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