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December 7


Second Sunday of Advent.

  • Light the second candle on your family Advent wreath. Reflect on today's readings. Consider how today's Gospel about St. John the Baptist reminds us of the main point for this season: Make straight the paths of the Lord.*

  • On December 7, we remember those who perished in 1941 as a result of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor that hastened the United States' entry into World War II.  2,403 Americans lost their lives on "a date which will live in infamy,"  as President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared on the following day.  Take time today to remember in prayer the victims of all wars, our veterans and those currently serving in the military. 

  • Today's Jesse Tree Symbol & Reading:
    Today we hang a trumpet on the Jesse Tree. According to God's instructions to Joshua, the walls around the besieged city of Jericho crumbled at the trumpets of ram horns blown by holy men and the spoils were left for the Israelites. Read the story of Joshua and the fall of Jericho in Joshua 1:1‐11, 6:1‐20.
    — Anne-Marie Welsh for Faith magazine, published by the Diocese of Erie

*Adapted from The Advent, Christmas, Epiphany Journey by Msgr. Vincent Haut,St. Augustine Catholic, courtesy Diocese of St. Augustine

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