All Saints to Advent
The Season from All Saints’ to Advent – All Christians, through baptism, become members one of another in Christ, members of a company of saints whose mutual belonging transcends death. All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day both celebrate this mutual belonging and allow us to remember with thanksgiving before God, the lives of the saints and those we have known in our own lives. Remembrance Sunday invites us to reflect upon issues of war and peace, after which the annual cycle of the Church’s year ends with the Feast of Christ the King. The year that begins with the hope of the coming Messiah ends with the proclamation of his universal sovereignty. The Feast of Christ the King returns us to the Advent theme of judgement, with which the Church’s year begins once more.
Advent is the Season of expectation and preparation, as the Church prepares to celebrate the coming (adventus) of Christ in his incarnation, and also looks ahead to his final advent as judge at the end of time. The liturgy and scripture of the Advent Season not only direct us towards Christ’s birth but also challenge us to reflect upon the theme of divine judgement.
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