|Ground pine from our woods, rose and violet balls from Walmart|
-traditional advent wreath prayer for the first Sunday.
A new liturgical year has begun. This year, with a new missal that will hopefully draw us even deeper into the mysteries of our redemption and union with Christ in His eternal offering to the Father.
Yesterday we had unseasonably warm weather for our advent greens scrounging hike. With no snow on the ground this time, it was a cinch to locate and pull up lots of ground pine. My 17- year- old daughter threaded the greens through our rusty old wreath frame, and I wired on the pink and purple mini Christmas balls. These are a recent addition to our advent wreaths. We don't put up our tree until Gaudete Sunday, so the kids appreciate a little early sparkle. So nice of Walmart to provide balls in Advent colors.
If you do an advent wreath at your house, send me a picture to post on this blog. Also, if you have any other visually appealing advent items in your house--Jesse trees or what have you, send those. If your children are in the pictures, so much the better. I don't do lots of family/homemaking/kid stuff here, but there's no better time of year to make an exception.
Come, Lord Jesus.