Advent begins

Advent has begun. The first candle was carried into the darkened chapel by Sister Anne Wambach, prioress, while all sang “Hopeful Longing” by Ricky Manolo and Dan Schutte. May it become our Advent mantra:

Hopeful longing sung through the ages.
God's reign of justice fulfilled in our days.
Christ, Redeemer,
come pierce the dark of night.
Come, Lord Jesus, be our light.

On the next three Saturdays each successive candle will be lighted during the Vigil that begins at 7:00 p.m. in the monastery chapel. You are welcome to join the community in prayer and watch the light grow strong and bright as Christmas draws near ─ to open your hearts with hopeful longing to the promise of the coming of our God.